Brandon Martin, who played three years in the Tampa Bay organization after being taken by the Rays in the first round of the 2011 draft, is in custody tonight on charges of double murder.
Martin is accused of murdering his father and a security system subcontractor, as well as critically injuring his uncle in his hometown of Corona, Calif. Cops say the former pro shortstop led police on a chase before fleeing his truck, running into an occupied home, and then escaping through a second-story window into the waiting jaws of a police dog.
Martin played two seasons in rookie league and a third at low-A ball before exiting professional baseball; upon signing with the Rays, he was given an $860,000 signing bonus. Martin was taken 38th overall in the 2011 draft as a supplemental pick for the loss of free agent Rafael Soriano; the Rays’ selection seven picks earlier, Mikie Mahtook, went five-for-five tonight against the Baltimore Orioles.
h/t to Brian