SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013) 2012 No. 9 prospect in the Perfect Game Collegiate League (Baseball America) 41st round draft pick in 2011 (Rockies)
Outlook Great story of 2014 after returning from injury that cost the 2013 season after showing promise as a true freshman for the 2012 club and during the summer of his freshman year ... Returned to pitch in 12 games as a redshirt sophomore last season, working needed innings in an effort to return to full strength ... Has a projectable frame and great athleticism ... Was a high school basketball star locally, leading Lexington Catholic High School to the boy's Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in three of four years ... Averaged 18.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game as a senior.
Summer Started eight games for the Stasburg Express in the Valley League ... Had a 1-2 record and a 5.36 ERA, working 40.1 innings, allowing 19 walks and 45 hits, striking out 42 ... Had quality starts vs. Cannons and the Royals.
2014 Returned to the mound for the first time since suffering an injury during the summer of 2012 ... After redshirting 2013 while rehabbing the injury, returned to worked in 12 games in relief ... Totaled a 6.23 ERA in 17.1 innings, allowing 15 hits and seven walks, striking out 12 ... Worked in five SEC games, allowing three runs in 6.1 innings ... In eight games vs. SEC foes, worked 8.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits ... Tossed 6.2 innings at home, allowing just two runs ... Inherited five runners, allowing three to score, with the three coming in bases-loaded jam in an NCAA Tournament win over Kansas ... Made his return to the mound during the opening weekend, tossing 2.1 innings on 32 pitches vs. VMI ... Allowed a run the following weekend vs. St. Joe's ... Got an out vs. Eastern Michigan in his home debut of 2014 ... Worked an inning, allowing one run in an 11-4 win over Cincinnati in the second game of a doubleheader ... Tossed a shutout frame vs. Xavier in midweek action ... Was called on to eat up innings in four consecutive significant losses to save the bullpen for late future games, working two outs at No. 5 Vanderbilt, getting one out at Texas A&M and tossing 2.1 innings vs. No. 12 Ole Miss, also working two shutout innings in a seven-run loss vs. Auburn ... Worked a shutout inning at Georgia during the final weekend of the year ... With UK's pitching staff exhausted after playing its way into the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, was called on to worked 2.1 innings vs. No. 7 Florida, allowing no hits but two runs on two walks ... Worked three innings to save the bullpen vs. Kansas in an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.
2013 Missed the 2013 season due to injury ... Redshirted ... Had a dominant summer in the Perfect Game Collegiate League, leading Amsterdam to the league title while teaming with UK teammates Thomas Bernal and Chandler Shepherd ... Made nine starts for the Mohawks, with a 3-2 record and a 3.71 ERA ... Tossed 61 innings, allowing 51 hits and 19 walks, striking out 49 ... Held opponents to a .259 average.
2012 Appeared in six games in relief, as the Wildcats were blessed with a deep, talented bullpen that owned a 40-0 record when leading after seven innings ... Had a 0-0 record and a 2.25 ERA, tossing four innings, allowing five hits and one run, walking one and striking out three ... Made season debut with two outs vs. UIC ... Got two outs vs. Canisius, working around a double ... Worked an inning vs. Dayton, allowing two hits and one run ... Worked a shutout inning vs. No. 10 Ole Miss, getting an out vs. No. 19 Louisville ... Got one out vs. Cincinnati on April 17.
High School One of the top prospects in the state, turned down the Colorado Rockies as a 41st round pick in 2011 to attend Kentucky ... Rated as the fifth-best player in the state by IHigh.com and the second-best player in the state by MaxPreps.com ... Earned first-team All-State honors as a senior in 2011, posting a 7-0 record and a 0.96 ERA in 51 innings ... Led Lexington Catholic to the district and regional championship in 2011 and the state championship as a sophomore ... Star on the basketball court as a nominee for the McDonalds All-America game and as a third-team all-state performer ... Led Catholic to the state basketball Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena as a freshman, sophomore and senior ... Earned a total of eight letters ... Averaged 18.1 points per game for Catholic in 2010-11, shooting 59-percent from the field and 33-percent from 3-point range ... Led Catholic with 7.3 rebounds per game in 2010-11.
Personal Full name is Taylor Brett Martin ... Son of Rodney and Carol ... Born Jan. 9, 1992 in Lebanon, Tenn. ... Father played baseball for UK (1984-85) and for Cumberland University (Tenn.) seeing time in the infield ... In 1984, Rodney played in 10 games for UK, batting .280 (7-for-25) with two RBI, one double and two stolen bases ... In 1985, Rodney played in 17 games for the Wildcats on a team that featured MLB standouts Terry Shumpert (2B) and Jim Leyritz (3B) in the infield ... Batted .256 (11-for-43) in 1985 with one double and four RBI.