Bubba Martin isn't your typical catcher.
But what the Franklin County senior lacks in size, he makes up for in guts, and that's one reason he's headed toward a future in college baseball.
Martin signed recently with St. Catharine College, located near Springfield. He becomes the Patriots' first signee for next season.
The school was an ideal choice for Martin.
"I didn't want to go out of state," said Martin, who was also interested in Eastern Kentucky University. "It's a small school and a good place to start a college baseball career."
While Martin will need to get bigger and stronger in order to excel at the college level, that wasn't an area of concern when it came time to signing the 6-foot, 140-pound senior, according to St. Catharine coach Luther Bramblett.
"As a catcher, his skills are good and as a receiver, they're good," Bramblett said. "You don't have to be big and strong to do that. The big thing for him is to learn the system, like our bunt packages and coverages but overall, he has what we look for.
"He's a winner and he likes competition," Bramblett added. "I like the way he handles himself. He's our first official signee and I'll probably bring in 10-15 (more signees), but most of those will probably be pitchers."
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