BOISE -- The Philadelphia Phillies selected Fruitland High third baseman Joey Martarano with the 391st overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday.
Martarano was a multi-sport athlete for the Griz in high school and committed to play football at Boise State as a sophomore. The linebacker solidified that committment back in February went he signed his letter of intent with the Broncos.
Moments after his selection, Martarno tweeted "Just got drafted to the Phillies! I'm still playing football but I can show up and play baseball whenever I want for 100K! #pumped"
During the state baseball tournament, an annoymous professional baseball scout told me Martarano "has more natural power than anyone I've ever seen." The same scout added he once watched the right-handed slugger belt 19 straight homeruns during a round of batting practice at Fruitland High School.
I confirmed through text message that @JoeMartarano_2 is his personal twitter account.
Martarano becomes the 29th highest player selected straight out of high school in the history of the state, and the second highest prep third baseman, according to BaseballReference.com. Coeur d'Alene's Matthew Brown played the "hot corner" when the Los Angeles Angeles drafted him with the 299th in 2001.