#35 - Joseph Martinez
|Date of Birth: 02/26/1983||Position: P||Height: 6'3"||Weight: 185||Bats: L||Throws: R|
Acquired: Drafted in the 12th Round (#372 overall) of the 2005 Draft
|Salem-Keizer - Short A||4||3||4.30||15||13||0||69.0||69||33||33||9||15||59||.264||1.37|
In a year where the Giants had numerous pitchers putting up strong numbers and out of a draft where the Giants picked 9 pitchers out of 15 players on the first day, 12th round pick Joseph Martinez faded a little bit into the background. This became a bigger issue as he put up sub-par numbers (4.30 ERA, 7.70 K/9IP) in the Northwest League as seemingly unknown prospects succeeded.
Thats something new for the kid from Boston College. A school favorite, he helped lead the Eagles to their highest win total ever in 2005, and won the Big East Pitcher of the Week award twice on the way to setting the conference highs in complete games (6 in 12 starts) and shutouts (2), and striking out 97 in 89.0 IP while walking only 23. He did this on the back of a low-90s fastball and strong slider.
Those complete games play a factor in looking at what Martinez did as a whole in 2005. The season was his first as a fulltime starter at any level, his previous high in innings pitched in a year being 52.0 in 2004, which in itself was more than the previous two years combined. Between college and Salem-Keizer (where he made 13 starts in 15 appearances) in 2005, Martinez more than tripled that previous career high. Fatigue helps explain why he allowed a hit an inning and gave up 9 home runs in 69 innings.
The smart money is on Martinez rebounding in 2006. Amazingly, as he reached new milestones in pitching innings, he actually managed to drop his walkrate from college to less than 2 free passes every 9 innings. That kept his WHIP a very manageable 1.22, a number that he can build upon.
Martinez should be finding his way to Augusta and the South Atlantic League, somewhat of a pitchers league, for 2006. There he may still be surrounded by a number of promising young pitchers in the Giants system, but do not be surprised if the lanky righthander finds a way to overshadow them in 2006.
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