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Meet the Gators: Armando Albert & John Martinez

Meet the Gators: Armando Albert & John Martinez


Meet the rookie and the vet. The 2023-24 Meet the Gators series concludes with Armando Albert and John Martinez – two infield stars who arrived in Gainesville via very different paths but with one shared goal: to win for the Orange and Blue.
 
In line to wear No. 44 for the Gators, Albert joins the squad for his senior season after a stellar two years at Florida Atlantic. This is not the first transfer of his collegiate career, as he begun his journey at Santa Fe Community College. Meanwhile, Martinez hails from Orlando, Fla. as a graduate of Montverde Academy and will rep No. 23 at UF.
 
Originally from Plantation, Fla., Albert tallied 113 games including 112 starts at Florida Atlantic, batting .263/.417/.382 with 11 homers, 13 doubles, 121 runs, 49 RBI and 28 steals across 437 at bats. Known for his superb glove, he fielded to a .929 clip in 482 defensive chances primarily at shortstop for the Owls. Against Western Kentucky in 2023, he set the program record for assists in a single game with 11.
 

Albert served as Florida Atlantic’s leadoff hitter for most of his tenure while setting team records for stolen bases in (3 vs. FIU; May 1, 2022) and runs scored in a single game (5 vs. Rice; April 2, 2023). Most notably, he finished the 2023 season riding a 31-game on-base streak to conclude with a .274/.425/.407 slash line. Albert even made a visit to Condron Family Ballpark last season against the Gators on March 7, going 1-for-5 with two runs and one RBI in what would become an 18-11 marathon win for Florida.
 
Prior to his time at Florida Atlantic, Albert spent the 2021 campaign at Santa Fe CC where he hit .312 with a .417 on-base percentage. He also previously competed at Broward College and produced a .357 batting average.
 
As the son of Jerry and Maria Albert, Armando has two sisters, Ariana (twin) and Carolena, and one brother, Gerard. Armando was coached by his father at Belen Jesuit Prep during his high school career, where he was a FACA State and HBSN Miami All-Star and the 2019 team MVP.
 
Turning over the lineup card to Martinez, the Montverde Academy product held status as a letterwinner under head coach Victor Valencia. Across 24 games his senior season, he posted a .379/.529/.469…

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