Cardinals Prospect Profile: Bryan Martinez

With the help of the St. Louis Cardinals' Jeff Luhnow, Senior Minor League writer Dustin Mattison takes a look at Gulf Coast League Cardinals pitcher Bryan Martinez.

Though St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Carlos Matias seems to be getting most of the press, another Latin pitcher has been causing a stir of his own. The Gulf Coast League Cardinals' Bryan Martinez has looked like a steal since entering the organization. The Cardinals signed him as a non-drafted free agent in June of 2009 and since that time, all he has done is produce.

Since little is known about him in Cardinal Nation, I went to someone who would know him pretty well. It was easy to sense the excitement of the Cardinals vice president of amateur scouting and player development, Jeff Luhnow, when I asked about the right-hander. Here is what Mr. Luhnow had to say, "He typically averages 90-91 with his fastball but can run it up to 94 during a game. He has very good "pitchability" and command of his fastball. His best breaking ball is a slider which can be sharp and he does command it well. He has a curveball too he uses more with lefties. His change is a work in progress but has potential."

Martinez is coming off his best game as a professional. This past Tuesday, the 19-year-old spun seven shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out 10. In three games since being promoted from the Dominican Summer League, he has a record of 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA. In 17 innings, he has struck out 19 while walking only five. Hitters are batting only .183 against him and he has a groundball-to-fly ball ratio of nearly 3-to-1.

The 6-foot-3 pitcher was promoted to the states after striking out an eye-popping 55 in 36 1/3 innings. He had posted a record of 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA. Martinez held opponents to a .156 average while posting a similar groundball-to-fly ball ratio.

After signing with the organization last June, he posted a 6-0 record with a 3.02 ERA in 13 games including three starts for the DSL Cardinals. The Dominican struck out 38 in 41 1/3 innings while posting a .273 batting average against.

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