Giants Top 50: #19 - Joe Martinez

As one of many good things happening in Augusta Joe Martinez does not turn heads. A consistent, reliable starter with numbers at the top of his league...still does not excite the masses. One good year made Martinez worth talking about. To keep people talking he needs to repeat his success at higher levels in the system.

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) in the 2005 Draft
2006 Stats
Augusta - Low-A 15 5 3.01 27 27 0 167.2 156 66 56 9 26 135 .246 2.06

When he came out of Boston College right handed pitcher Joe Martinez looked ready to contribute right away. One season after his graduation Martinez was one of the best things going for the Augusta Greenjackets.

Martinez anchored the Augusta starting staff as the team leader in wins with 15. He was their most durable pitcher they had, throwing 167.2 innings in 2006. Among the best pitchers in the South Atlantic League Martinez was second in innings pitched by only one inning, second in wins, and seventh in strikeouts.

He has had great control since his 2004 season at Boston College. His season in Augusta yielded an exceptional strikeout to walk ratio of 135 to 26. His velocity hovers around the low 90s and he works with some offspeed pitches. The combination of stuff and location gave him his first good year in professional baseball.

In Salem-Keizer the atmosphere of competition and savvy coaches who understand not to overwork new arrivals who have already pitched what feels like a full season benefits incoming college pitchers. Martinez appeared in fifteen games with thirteen starts in the 2005 season after making twelve starts at Boston College that same year.

Martinez's senior season at BC would make anything look sick in comparison. He went 8-3 and completed six games 89 innings pitched, 2.63 earned run average and 93 strikeouts. Thus his 4-3 record in Salem-Keizer with a slightly elevated ERA at 4.30 disappointed those watching him closely.

But look closely at Martinez's games pitched breakdown and his success becomes clear. In his outstanding senior season and in Augusta he started every game he pitched. Other years where he pitched both as a starter and in relief he did not quite match the production of those two great years.

College success does not guarantee the same returns in the pros. In many minds Martinez has only his truncated 2005 season and his recent year in Augusta. He needs to produce more good seasons to be taken seriously. High-A San Jose is the place to begin. Pitching on a good team with some of the best coaches in the organization Martinez should have the kind of season that will define him as a pitcher, at least in the eyes of those watching and judging him now.

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