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Two Rams Baseball Stars Make the Leap to the Majors


Pitcher Javier Martinez
Photo by Vincent Dusovic

Outfielder Greg Smith
Photo by Vincent Dusovic

Former Rams outfielder Greg Smith(CBA ’06) and pitcher Javier Martinez, a Fordham junior, were drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Washington Nationals, respectively, in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. During his senior season at Fordham, Smith hit .376 (68-181) with 17 doubles, 13 home runs, 48 RBIs, 46 runs scored and a .696 slugging percentage, all team highs for the Rams this year. He was selected in the 14th round of the draft, and is playing for the Pirates’ New York-Penn League affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters. Martinez, who was selected in the 42nd round by the Washington Nationals and is playing in the Alaskan Summer League, was a three-time Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week and co-MVP of the team in 2006. Smith and Martinez are the fourth and fifth Fordham baseball players to sign a professional contract in the past five seasons, joining Rob Semerano (2004), Bobby Kingsbury (2002) and Jason Conlisk (2002).

By Joe DiBari


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