Salinas native baseball player drafted by Padres in 5th round – KION546

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SALINAS, Calif. (KION-TV) — A Central Coast native will go from the fields of Salinas to the Berkley Hills and now potentially the beaches of San Diego.

The San Diego Padres selected Nathan Adam Martorella, a former Salinas High School first baseman, with the 150th pick in the fifth round of the MLB draft.

The 21-year-old first man will now see if he wants to sign with the Padres and give up his senior season at Cal Berkeley. Martorella was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in the 30th round of the 2019 MLB Freshman Player Draft, but did not sign.

Martorella had a 3.9 GPA in high school and was a four-time honor roll student. He was also a football player for two years at Salinas and received two All-League caps.

In his junior season, Martorella was voted to the All-Pac-12 first team. He hit .333/.424/.553 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs. The 6-1 southpaw had 76 hits, with 47 runs, 15 doubles and 34 walks.

He was born in Monterey, California on February 18, 2021.

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