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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