Growing up in Baltimore, baseball wasn’t necessarily the primary sport for Marty and Maxwell Costes.
The brothers were multi-sport athletes in high school, Marty at Archbishop Curley and Maxwell at Gilman. In all reality, sports other than baseball took center stage.
“We never solely played baseball, but baseball was always the sport we were best at,” Maxwell said. “We were just athletes. At one point, my brother was going to go play football at Navy.”
In the end, baseball ended up working out in the best way for the Costes brothers. Marty is chasing big league aspirations and Maxwell looking to lead Maryland to its best season in program history.
Marty spent two years with the Terps, earning Freshman All-America (2016) and first-team All-Big Ten (2017) honors along the way. He was selected in the 22nd round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.
His career at Maryland saw him hit .278/.394/.475 with 28 home runs with 114 RBIs in 165 games. Since that point, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound outfielder has grinded through four years of Minor League Baseball. The 26-year-old is back with Triple-A Sugar Land to start 2022 after ending last season with the Space Cowboys.
Maxwell continued the Costes tradition in College Park, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2019. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound first baseman was named to the NCAA Greenville Regional All-Tournament Team last year.
Maxwell, now a senior, recently moved into second place on the Maryland’s all-time home runs list. He currently sits at 37 career homers entering the Terps’ series at Rutgers May 6-8. He is hitting .273/.444/.597 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs for a team that sits at 36-9 overall.
“I definitely see parallels, just being in the position we’ve both been in,” Marty said. “I’ve seen him have to make adjustments and I’ve seen him have to work in the offseason in the same ways I had to.”
There are more certainly parallels between the two, both starring as power hitters with the Terps with an end goal of playing in the big leagues. While the two share similarities, their personalities and playing styles on the field couldn’t be more different.
Marty has been a more reserved person during his career, quietly working hard and letting the results on the field show for themselves. His raw strength displayed in the weight room is something to behold.
Maxwell, while doing the same thing, has one of the biggest personalities, not just on Maryland, but in all of college baseball. He walks to the beat of his own drum, as head coach Rob Vaughn put it, but he’s adapted to position changes and turned himself into an All-America level player.
“Outside of their last name, you have two distinctly different personalities,” Maryland head coach Rob Vaughn said. “You get to know them in the recruiting process for who they are. From Day 1, you know what their personalities are and know what they need over your time with them.”
Vaughn has seen the full development of both of their college careers, first through the eyes of a hitting/assistant coach and now as the head coach of the Terps. He has noticed that their bond runs much deeper than baseball.
“I talk to Maxwell about Marty all the time, asking him how’s he doing, where’s he at, and Maxwell said, ‘Coach, I’m going to be honest, we talked the other day and we didn’t even say a word about baseball,'” Vaughn said. “That’s what makes them unique. They’re brothers who love each other not because of baseball, but because they genuinely love each other.”
Marty was an integral part of Maxwell’s transition into college life, one of the first times a person really gains a sense of independence and freedom. Having a brother who has already been through the rigors of college ball made balancing life and baseball in college that much easier.
“He very much taught me to see that there’s more to life than just hitting fastballs,” Maxwell said. “He helped me become a better person rather than a better baseball player, and that eventually bled into my baseball career.”
That advice is something Marty learned himself while dominating in a Maryland uniform and throughout his minor league career. The grind of Minor League Baseball is unique and challenging all at once, with players chasing major league dreams on long road trips and small paychecks.
With the help of coaches and teammates in his minor league career, Marty has found himself just one step away from reaching his goal of playing in the majors.
“I’ve always kept my head down and I still keep my head down,” Marty said. “I’ve never tried to compare myself to anybody. I just want to be the best player I can be and everything else will fall in line.”
Both have followed that same sentiment in their respective careers and so far, everything has fallen into place. With Maxwell in his senior year at Maryland, there’s a good chance that he’ll get the same call in July as Marty did some five years prior.
The two might not play in the minors together but perhaps could end up in the same organization.
“It’s a blessing,” Maxwell said. “It sucks trying to figure that out as you go, but I’m lucky to have someone that’s going to help me maintain my path.”
Photo Credits: Courtesy of the Sugar Land Space Cowboys and Maryland Athletics