Last year’s runner-up for The Cardinal Nation’s Johnson City Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year award steals the spotlight this season.
Dailyn Martinez was in a close competition with Juan Perez for the honors but won two of his final three starts, including the Cardinals Appalachian League title game against Danville, to take home the award.
It was a situation similar to last year’s competition between Martinez and 2013-winner Alex Reyes.
This season, Perez pitched one more inning than Martinez (58 to 57) and finished with a lower ERA, 3.24 compared to 4.55, but the postseason mojo for Martinez enabled him to edge past his teammate. In this case, it is more than just numbers, though Martinez led the way in the most important stat, wins.
Dailyn went a team-leading 6-3 through the regular season, pitching in 11 games. The 11 games started was tied for most on the team, along with Steven Farinaro. Martinez, a 21-year-old righty, struck out 41 batters and walked 20 during the season.
Martinez’ most dominant regular season performance came on August 19 against Bristol, when he tossed a shutout through six innings of work. In his final 10 games, including the postseason, Martinez went 6-2.
Dailyn saved his best stuff for the Braves in the clincher, allowing one run and five hits and striking out four over six innings for in the win in the team’s 4-2 victory over the Braves on Friday, Sept. 5. Nine ground ball outs against only two fly ball outs indicate Martinez’ mound approach, keeping the ball down and letting his defense finish the job behind him.
Overall, pitching was not the strength of the rookie-level club, as the staff came in seventh in the 10-team circuit with an ERA of 3.93, a full run behind the league leader. The Cardinals issued the fourth-fewest walks but were a middle-of-the-pack sixth in strikeouts.
Cardinals pitchers who primarily started during the 2014 season:
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Others in consideration for the award were Ian McKinney and Landon Beck. The latter, a first-year player in the St. Louis organization, joined the rotation after making five relief appearances, and pitched well. McKinney was dominating over his six starts, but was quickly promoted to State College.
Congratulations to The Cardinal Nation Johnson City Cardinals Starting Pitcher of the Year for 2014, Dailyn Martinez.
Link to master article with all 2014 award winners, team recaps and article schedules for the remainder of this series. Of course, that will include our upcoming selection as the Johnson City Cardinals Player of the Year.
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