Lexington Legends

Martinez named MVP; Altuve an all-star

J.D. Martinez did just about everything he could for the Lexington Legends during his half-season-plus with the team.

He did well enough that he has been named Most Valuable Player in the South Atlantic League.

Martinez is joined on the SAL post-season all-star team by another since-promoted Legend, second baseman Jose Altuve.

Martinez, a right fielder and designated hitter during his time with the Legends, hit .362 over 88 games, with 15 homers, 31 doubles and three triples among his 126 hits. He drove in 64 runs and scored 83. He finished with a .433 on-base percentage and .598 slugging for a combined 1.030 OPS.

Promoted to Class Double-A Corpus Christi, Texas, on July 16, Martinez is batting .302 with three homers, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored over 47 games.

Altuve stayed with the Legends through July 30, batting .308 with 11 homers, 45 RBI, 75 runs, 39 stolen bases and an .809 OPS.

Since being promoted to High-A Lancaster, Altuve is batting .272 with three homers, 18 RBI, 15 runs and three stolen bases.

All-star selections included Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chris Dominguez, out of the University of Louisville.

Legends 6, Braves 0: Lexington's Jimmy Paredes and Kody Hinze each had solo home runs in a three-run third inning. Winner Jose Cisnero (8-6) and Brenden Stines, earning his second save, scattered seven hits and were backed by three double plays Saturday in shutting out Rome at Applebee's Park.