My Favorite Martin
If you remember, I spoke highly of lefty Jarret Martin last year when the Dodgers acquired him in trade. I liked him coming out of high school and was happy to see the club likes him too.
Last year, Martin started the year in Great Lakes and pitched well, dominantly, at times. He ended up with a 4.29 ERA in 16 starts, striking out a batter an inning. However, his control wavered, leading to 5.6 BB/9.
He eventually had a cup of coffee with Rancho Cucamonga, where his control abandoned him, leading to 3 walks in 3.2 innings and a 12.27 ERA.
Today, I saw more of the same. Glimmers of brilliance surrounded by a cloud of erratic control. He struck out the White Sox' top prospect, Courtney Hawkins, simply by throwing fastballs right past him. However, he proceeded to walk the bases loaded, then walk in a pair of runs.
The next inning provided the weirdest moment of the day. Martin yielded another walk, threw a pickoff attempt to first and it drilled the first base umpire in the back of the head. The White Sox' trainer attended to the ump and he was able to stay in the game. Cut to: umps wearing helmets?
Jarret still has a great fastball, sitting in the mid 90s. He throws a slider and the occasional changeup. When he's throwing strikes, his near unhittable against A ball hitters. However, he tends to suffer from timing problems, causing his arm to drag behind his body, leading to him missing to his pitching arm side. This occurred repeatedly today and he was constantly missing away vs righties.
For what would seem like a simple mechanical problem, Martin still hasn't corralled his command after three seasons in pro ball. Hopefully he can work with instructors to remedy his issues, because lefties who throw 95 don't grow on trees.
A Pair of Important Imports
Jonathan Martinez and Miguel Sulbaran appeared in the low A game. Neither really stood out, with each hurler sitting in the upper 80s. Martinez' velocity was especially disappointing, since he was sitting 91-92 when I saw him last week. Sulbaran did show a good changeup and pitched very well as an 18 year old last year in the Arizona League. Both could begin the year in Low A and each would be worth following.
-Corey Seager was in uniform and stretched with the High A team today but did not play in the game. He injured his wrist yesterday but it didn't appear to be serious.
-O'Koyea Dickson looked good at the plate, making solid contact. He should do well in High A and could reach Chattanooga before August.
-2012 38th rounder Cory Embree looked good at the plate in the Low A game, with at least one hit. Just 20 years old, he was one of the better hitters for the Dodgers' Arizona League affiliate last season, batting .320/.409/.493 in 24 games.