Back when Jeremy Martinez committed to USC as a freshman catcher at Santa Ana Mater Dei, few expected him to end up in college. He was a top draft pick in waiting.
For whatever reason, Martinez didn't go as high as expected by his senior year. He was a 37th-round pick of the Chicago Cubs and ended up going to USC after all.
And the Trojans now have a standout for three years.
As a freshman this season, Martinez is the eighth-leading hitter in the Pac-12, with a .347 batting average. He has struck out only nine times in 124 at-bats.
He has helped lead USC to a 9-9 Pac-12 record after a sweep of Arizona this past week.
One of USC's problems in recent years has been getting high-profile high school commitments from players who never show up.
Martinez's arrival could be the start of the Trojans' turnaround.