Mason & Martarano: Our spring series on two Treasure Valley draft prospects

rroberts@idahostatesman.comApril 30, 2013 

MASON & MARTARANO

OUR SERIES ON TWO HIGH-PROFILE BASEBALL DRAFT PROSPECTS IN THE TREASURE VALLEY

MASON SMITH, ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

• Position: Center field

• Size: 6-foot-2, 195 pounds

• Bats/throws: R/R

• College plans: Has committed to Utah baseball.

• Draft prospects: No. 51 overall high school prospect, according to Baseball America.

• Senior stats at Rocky Mountain: .500 batting, .929 slugging, .587 on-base percentage, 29 RBIs, 6 home runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 10 stolen bases.

• Next game: at Timberline, 6 p.m. Tuesday; 5A District Three Tournament, Saturday, time TBD.

• What they're saying about Smith: "He's an above-average runner who covers plenty of ground in center field, but he stands out most for his prowess at the plate. Smith has a short, compact swing and shows the ability to lace the ball hard to all parts of the field. He should grow into some power as he continues to fill out and, if everything clicks, he has five tool potential." - Baseball America

JOE MARTARANO, FRUITLAND HIGH

• Position: Third base

• Size: 6-foot-3, 230 pounds

• Bats/throws: R/R

• College plans: Has committed to Boise State football.

• Draft prospects: No. 86 overall high school prospect, according to Baseball America.

• Senior stats at Fruitland: .444 batting, .981 slugging, .589 on-base percentage, 30 RBIs, 4 home runs, 7 doubles, 5 triples, 6 stolen bases.

• Next three games: vs. Homedale, 6 p.m. Tuesday; vs. Parma, 6 p.m. Wednesday; vs. Nampa Christian, 6 p.m. Thursday.

• What they're saying about Martarano: "Martarano is built like Brian Urlacher and is committed to Boise State to play linebacker - a somewhat surprising decision since the school doesn't have a baseball team. He shows surprising quickness for his size and has sure hands and above-average arm strength at the hot corner. Martarano stands out most for his power potential, as his strength translates well in the batter's box." - Baseball America

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