LEBANON, Tenn. – Former Cumberland University catcher Luis Martinez was added to the 40-man roster for the San Diego Padres on November 19. Martinez was a Texas League All-Star and the MVP of the All-Star game this past season.
Martinez was a 12th round selection of the Padres in 2007 and has steadily worked his way through the organization, spending time in Eugene (OR) and Fort Wayne (IN) during the ’07 campaign. He was in Fort Wayne the entire 2008 season and spent most of 2009 in Lake Elsinore (CA) as well as Portland (OR).
Martinez played the last season in Double-A San Antonio, batting .282 with 16 doubles, 31 RBIs and 49 walks in 106 games. He has also played for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League this year, batting .361 in 14 contests.
Martinez played one season at Cumberland, batting .370 with 16 doubles, 13 home runs, 63 RBIs and 44 walks in 2007. The Bulldogs posted a 48-20-1 record and advanced to their fourth straight NAIA World Series.
The 40-man roster includes the players on the 25-man roster plus as many as 15 players who are either on the team's 15-day disabled list or who are in the team's minor league system. From September 1 through the end of the regular season, any player on the 40-man roster is eligible to play in an official regular season game.
Once a player is added to a 40-man roster for the first time in his career, his team has three option years on him. This means that he can be sent to the minors for part or all of three different seasons. If a player is added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft but his team thinks he still needs some more time in the minors, options allow the team to send him to the minors to develop while making sure he's not kept out of the majors indefinitely.