PREP FOCUS: Martinek maps out double duty with Beavers -- maybe
On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Jesuit High, Christian Martinek will sit down with teammates Joey Alfieri and Henry Mondeaux and put his life in the hands of a university for the next three to five years.
For sure, Alfieri will sign a letter-of-intent to play football at Stanford and Mondeaux at Oregon. And Martinek will sign what amounts to a commitment to play both football and baseball at Oregon State.
The difference for Martinek, though, is that he'll wait to see the results of the June 5-7 major league draft before reaching a decision about college sports or pro baseball.
"I want to go Oregon State," Martinek said Friday. "I plan on going to Oregon State next year. But if everything works out in the draft and I'm able to start my professional career (this summer), I'd take the chance to do that."
When Martinek says "works out," he means if the right amount of bonus money is offered. How much would that be?
"We don't really have a number yet," said the 6-4, 235-pound left-hander. "We want to wait to hear what the scouts say."
For now, Martinek is focused on becoming a two-sport athlete at Oregon State. He'll sign a baseball letter and be considered a walk-on in football.
"The baseball program will be giving me the scholarship the first year," Martinek explained. "But really, I'm signing to play both sports. I'm excited. It's a great opportunity to show my skills and play at the next level."
Martinek is one of the top pitching prospects in the Northwest despite having missed nearly all of his junior season with an elbow injury. On Jesuit's spring trip to Arizona, he strained ligaments in the elbow and sat out the rest of the spring.
Surgery wasn't required, but Martinek underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy. In August, he participated in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., throwing two innings with no pain in the elbow.
"It was pretty fun," he said. "I reached up to 92 (mph) with my fastball."
Martinek took the fall off from baseball to play football, helping the Crusaders to the Class 6A championship game. He was Metro League defensive player of the year and first-team all-state as a defensive end.
"A lot of people ask me why I play football with my (future) prospects in baseball," he said. "I love the game, just like I do baseball. I love going out there and being an athlete. I don't get to do that as much when I'm pitching. I like going around hitting people. As long as I like to do that, I'll continue to play football."
Over the past month, Martinek has been throwing the baseball again, following protocol to gradually work up to a full load of activity.
"It's 100 percent," he said. "Taking that time off really helped. I'm really excited about the (upcoming baseball) season."
Martinek said Oregon State's head coaches -- Mike Riley in football and Pat Casey in baseball -- are a big part of the reason for him wanting to become a Beaver.
"Two of the classiest guys I've ever met," he said. "I fell in love with them. They showed me the family-type of atmosphere they have in both programs.
"The way both head coaches dealt with my situation, it was just great. I want to keep every opportunity open and play both sports in college, depending on the draft."
Martinek isn't sure what position Oregon State football coaches envision him playing.
"I'm pretty sure it will be on the defensive side, but I know they have me regarded as an 'athlete,' " he said. "I'll play offense or defense -- wherever Coach Riley needs me. I can hit people either way."