Hard-working junior right-hander who will be looking for greater
consistency to go with his tremendous pitching skills ... has focused on repetitiveness of his delivery and more fluid arm action ... highly-regarded prep prospect who was 15th-round draft selection of Cleveland Indians before opting to join Notre Dame program ... has touched 90 mph with live-moving fastball, to go with good command of off-speed pitches ... averaged nearly two strikeouts per inning as prep senior ... has possibly best defensive skills among ND pitchers, due to athleticism and quickness ... posted 4.14 ERA, 6-1 record and
one save in first two seasons with Irish, spanning 23 appearances (7 starts, 63 innings, 55 Ks, 38 walks, 60 hits, .243 opp. batting, 7 wild pitches, 12 hit batters) ... played for Sanford Mainers of New England Baseball League during summer of '03 (3.21, 1-0, 8 GP/1 GS, 14 IP, 11 H, 8 BB, 6 Ks, .220, WP, 28-13 team record) S joined classmate Chris Niesel on staff of Cape Cod League's Falmouth Commodores in summer of '02 (4.30, 9 GP, 12 Ks, 14.2 IP) ... four of
his Sanford teammates play for teams on ND's '04 schedule: Georgetown outfielder Billy Quinn, Pittsburgh pitcher Jeff Barnyak, Texas-San Antonio outfielder Dan Mitchell and Bowling Green outfielder David Barkholz (plus head coach Scott Brown, an assistant at St. John's) ... his former youth-league teammate David Preziosi plays in the BIG EAST, as a pitcher/first baseman at Boston College ... he and Notre
Dame sophomore Ryan Doherty (Toms River) were the respective '01 and '02 New Jersey Gatorade players of the year ... one of four New Jersey natives to play for the Irish in Paul Mainieri era and one of 45 all-time to monogram with the ND baseball program ... noteworthy former Irish players who have worn No. 23 include rightfielder John Counsell ('62-'64, father of future Irish player Craig Counsell) and imposing righthander Pat Leahy ('90-'92; 25-7).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Made 11 appearances with two starts, posting 4.61 ERA and 1-0 record with one save (22 Ks, 21 BB, 27 H, 27.1 IP, 2 WP, 4 HB) ... proved to be staff's toughest pitcher versus leadoff batters, allowing just 22.2 percent to reach base ... also ranked fifth-best on staff with .230 batting by opposing righthanded hitters (.252 overall) ... logged four solid innings in 8-3 win over Toledo (4 H, R, 3 BB, 4 Ks) ... posted win over Valparaiso (5 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 6 Ks; 13-4) and save vs. Cleveland State (3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 Ks; 13-1) ... tossed three innings at Virginia Tech (3 H, R, BB, K; 5-11).
AS A FRESHMAN: Posted 3.79 ERA and 5-1 record in 12 appearances (5 starts) ... totaled 33 Ks, 17 walks in 35.2 IP, with 33 hits allowed (.236 opp. batting, third-best on staff; also 5 WP, 8 HB) ... second on staff with 8.33 Ks per 9 IP, allowing just 8.33 hits per 9 IP (fourth-best) ... led staff by allowing just .100 opp. 2-out batting, second in batting with runners on (.214) ... logged 3.2 strong innings vs. Sacred Heart (3 H, BB, 5 Ks; 4-1) ... picked up 15-8 relief win in rally past USC (3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 Ks) ... had similar win in 10-6, 10-inning comeback at West Virginia (3 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 Ks) ... had seven Ks to win first start, in planned rotation vs. Valparaiso (4 IP, 2 H, BB; 16-0) ... had 6.0 IP in each of final two starts, with wins vs. Chicago State (4 H, 1 ER, BB, 6 Ks; 16-7) and Rochester College (3 H, UER, 2 BB, 2 Ks).
PREP & PERSONAL: Accomplished athlete at DePaul Catholic High School, capped by 15th-round selection in '01 MLB draft (by Cleveland Indians) ... 2001 Gatorade baseball player of year for New Jersey, after going 10-0 with school-record 0.30 ERA, 127 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 67 innings (17.1 Ks, 2.3 BB per 9 IP; 7.5 K-to-BB ratio) ... all-conference and all-city final three seasons, twice all-state ... team captain and MVP as senior on county champs ... USA Today honorable mention All-American as junior (1.60, 9-2, 76 IP, 147 Ks, 43 H) ... had 20 Ks and hit game-ending home run as junior in playoffs vs. Manchester (9 innings) ... named 2000 and '01 player of year by Herald and News and '01 athlete of the year by Bergen Record ... led country in Ks as a junior (147; 77 IP) ... 2000 state finalist for Wendy's High School All-America ... attended 2000
Mid-Atlantic Scouts Showcase (Harrisburg, Pa.) ... played at
Cleveland's Jacobs Field in summer of '99, with New Jersey Riptide (AAU Junior Olympics bronze medalists) ... played in North/South state All-Star Game ... three-year letterwinner in football, as receiver during sophomore season and quarterback next two seasons ... football captain and MVP as senior (all-conference, all-city, all-state) ... led '99 team to 7-3 record and third seed in state sectional tournament, with pair of 200-yard passing games ... received West Point Award for athletic and academic excellence ... member of National Honor Society and student government ... cousin Derek Martinez plays football at Maine ... born Feb. 11, 1983, in Paterson, N.J. ... son of Martin and Migdalia Vergara ... full name is Martin Vergara II ... finance major in Mendoza College of Business.
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