The start of the 2019 Arkansas baseball season is just days away. The official starting lineup has yet to be released so the Pig Trail Nation team has worked together to come up with predictions for each position on the field.
Casey Martin spent all of last season at third base and made numerous impressive plays. But now, he’s moving to shortstop.
Martin says this change is really natural. Adding, “I grew up playing short. I got recruited as a short stop but as a freshman you do what you’ve got to do to get in the lineup. So I mean it’s been pretty smooth so far.”
He has yet to play a single game at the position but has already been named the top-ranked shortstop in college baseball by D1Baseball.com.
This move is just one of many in the infield this season for Arkansas. But Martin says the guys are all gelling really well.
“When we’re doing defensive work we’re smooth, we’re fast,” says Martin. “We’re quick with it. I expect not a lot of errors honestly on infield this year.”
The Arkansas native had a wildly impressive freshman career for the Razorbacks. He not only tied the Arkansas freshman record with 87 hits, but he also led the team with a .345 batting average. As of right now, Martin is penciled in as the Hogs leadoff hitter for the 2019 season so there will be a lot of pressure to perform. However, Martin says he know just how to handle the high expectations.
“You’ve just got to remember why you play in the first place. You’ve got to go out and have fun and just play the game.”