Dodgers Spring Notes: I Remember Him

Sometimes you're sure a prospect will be drafted by a certain organization. In this case, I was both wrong and right.

The year was 2008. The Dodgers would use their first round pick on Ethan Martin, their second rounder on Josh Lindblom and their fourth rounder on some guy named Devaris Strange-Gordon. They'd also pluck late rounders Nathan Eovaldi, Allen Webster and Jerry Sands. When all is said and done, this could be Logan White's strongest draft to date.

However, there was one name that the Dodgers didn't call, even though I was almost sure they would. That name was Jarret Martin.

A left-handed pitcher out of Bakersfield, Martin was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in 2008 but didn't sign. He went to Bakersfield JC, where he actually hit better than he pitched, tying the school record for home runs in a season.

The Orioles were persistent, drafting him again in 2009, this time a round earlier and offering him a $250,000 signing bonus. That was enough for Jarret to sign.

His first two seasons have produced mixed results. He's posted a strikeout rate of nearly a K an inning and has limited home runs thanks to an impressive groundball rate.

His main concern is his control. He walked nearly 7 batters per 9 in his first season but did manage to lower that number to just over 5 per 9 in his second. An improvement, yes, but he still needs to work on it.

I spoke briefly about him to DeJon Watson and he said Martin was up to 95mph this spring. I trust the Dodgers' player development staff to work on his control. He's currently listed on the Rancho roster, though it's not official yet. Still, that seems an appropriate place for the 22 year old to begin the 2012 season.

It's funny seeing things like this come full circle. While I was a few years off, I was right about the Dodgers coveting him. Hopefully they, and I, will get to see him fulfill his potential.

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