J.D. Martinez may not be from the Capital District, but the former Tri-City ValleyCats outfielder is off to a terrific start for the Houston Astros.


Martinez has already hit three home runs this season, including the first home run at the brand new Marlins Park. That has to be extra special for Martinez, who also spent a summer playing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League for the Saratoga Phillies, because he's a native of Miami.

Martinez is hitting .361 and  has already drive in 10 runs this season for the Astros.

Other than Martinez, players with ties to the Capital District are not off to such a great start this season.

Casper Wells has just one hit in seven at-bats for the Seattle Mariners. The Schenectady native is being used a part-time outfielder for the Mariners.

Siena College graduate John Lannan was surprised just before the start of the season that he was being sent down. Since arriving in Syracuse, he hasn't done much to prove to the Washington organization that he belongs back in the big league.

Lannan is 0-2 and has a 13.50 ERA in just six innings for the Chiefs.

Saratoga Catholic graduate Tim Stauffer is on the disabled list for the San Diego Padres, with an elbow issue.

Troy native Joe Mahoney looked like he had a shot to make the Baltimore Orioles in the spring. Instead, he was sent down to AAA-Nofolk. Mahoney is hitting just .194 with one home run for the Tides.

Former Siena star Dan Paolini is in the Midwest League, playing for the Clinton Lumberkings. Paolini is hitting .229 with four RBI.

Queensbury native Brendan Harris has been a full-time big leaguer, but he's bounced around lately and is playing for the Class-A Tri-City Dust Devils, in the Colorado organization. Harris was just inducted into the William & Mary Hall of Fame on Saturday.


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