Martarano to open season with Eugene Emeralds

EUGENE, Ore. - Former Boise State football player and Chicago Cubs baseball prospect Joey Martarano has been assigned to the organization's Short-Season Single-A affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, he confirmed to KTVB on Monday.

Martarano was selected by the Cubs in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2014. He played in just four games his first year and 18 his second season in 2015. The then took all of 2016 off to focus on football.

Heading into his junior season with the Broncos, Martarano was slated to start last fall, but an injury limited him to just 25 tackles in nine games.

Following the season, Martarano decided it was time to let go of football and head back to the diamond full-time.

"It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make," said Martarano back in March. "With the way the season went last year, the chance of getting injured in baseball is a lot less."

Martarano has played in 22 games in his minor league career so far. He has a .256 batting average in 82 total at-bats.

Eugene plays in the Northwest League and are in the same division as the Boise Hawks.

The Emeralds will visit Boise for a three-game series next week, starting with the Hawks home-opener on Tuesday.

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