Exclusive Interview: Cards P Carlos Martinez

The much-heralded St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect from the Dominican Republic speaks about his paperwork problems, his USA arrival, his repertoire and a comparison to a future Hall of Famer.

What more can be said about the potential of Carlos Martinez? Despite having pitched just one short-season campaign in the Dominican Summer League, the 19-year-old right-hander has quickly established himself as one of baseball's top prospects. Here at The Cardinal Nation, Martinez is already considered the fifth-ranked prospect in the entire system.

After having signed for $1.5 million, Martinez dominated the Dominican Summer League in 2010. In 12 starts, he went 3-2 with a 0.76 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio was 78/14 in 59 innings and he held opponents to a .144 batting average against.

With the excellent help of Quad Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez serving as interpreter, we conducted what I believe to be Martinez' first interview since arriving here in the USA. He answered a series of questions on the subject of his paperwork problems, his 2010 season, his orientation to the USA, his repertoire and even about a famous future Hall of Famer to whom he has been compared.

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