Portland's Martinek on baseball over football

PORTLAND'S CHRISTIAN MARTINEK is headed to Oregon State on a baseball scholie and he had the opportunity to also walk on and try to make the football team. But to play two sports at the college level is exceedingly difficult given the time demands on a student-athlete pursuing just one athletic endeavor.

And Christian Martinek will focus on one sport at Oregon State - baseball -- according to the Oregonian.

Martinek was the glue of Jesuit High's defensive line and projected at d-end at the next level, or possibly outside linebacker. If he had walked on and made the football team, his scholie would have transferred to football.

But on the prep diamond, Martinek (6-4, 225) was considered the No. 2 prospect in the Pacific Northwest by Baseball Northwest.

has a fastball that has touched the low 90s. He hit .411 and had a 1.59 ERA as a senior at Jesuit, earning All-State honorable mention honors at first base. He was named first team All-State as a pitcher as well as Metro League Pitcher of the Year following his sophomore year before an elbow injury ended his junior season.

He was also a first team All-State defensive lineman as a senior.

Back in November, Martinek was named by Baseball America as the No. 78 high school prospect nationally though he wasn't selected in the recent MLB Draft. Perfect Game also had him rated as the top left-handed pitcher in the state of Oregon and 39th nationally.

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