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Boise State linebacker Joe Martarano to play pro baseball again this summer

Boise State sophomore linebacker Joe Martarano will continue to be a two-sport athlete this summer as he will head to the Chicago Cubs' spring training complex in Arizona in the next few days.

Martarano tweeted late Monday night that he was going to be playing baseball again in less than a week. Boise State confirmed it Tuesday morning.

Last summer, Martarano played four games for the Cubs' rookie league team in Arizona, batting .154 with two hits in 13 at-bats as a third baseman. He was selected in the 13th round by the Phillies in 2013 after his senior season at Fruitland High, and did not sign, then went in the 22nd round of last June's draft. He was initially projected to be a higher pick, but teams were unsure if he would play both sports as he was committed to playing football for the Broncos.

On the football field, Martarano had a successful redshirt freshman campaign, playing in all 14 games with one start, making 42 tackles (eighth on the team). He will factor heavily into the linebacker rotation this fall.

It is unknown what minor league level Martarano will play for, though it is likely he would join the Cubs' Northwest League team at some point this summer. That team had been the Boise Hawks the last 14 seasons, but is now the Eugene Emeralds, coached by Boise resident Gary Van Tol, a longtime acquaintance of Martarano. The Hawks are now a Colorado Rockies affiliate. Northwest League play begins in late June, and Eugene does not play in Boise until Aug. 9-11, which means Martarano will not be on the baseball diamond, but instead in the midst of fall camp for the Broncos' football team.

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