Futures Game Scouting Report: Carlos Martinez

The Futures Game gives the scouting world a strong overall feel for the current prospect landscape in baseball. While not every top prospect is on display, and the look at these players is brief, the event still allows clubs to file concise scouting reports on the each prospect's performance. Here at Scout.com we are doing the same. Here's a scouting report on Cardinals prospect, Carlos Martinez.

Name: Carlos Martinez
Position: Pitcher
Team: High-A Palm Beach (St. Louis Cardinals)
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 165
Bats/Throws: R/R

Event Scouted: Futures Game

Physical Description


Martinez is not overly physically imposing. He's generously listed at six feet tall, but is built very strong and is well proportioned. He's wiry and athletic with some room to grow particularly in his lower half. Despite his lack of height, he appears to have long arms. This is fast twitch type athlete that just so happens to pitch.

Fastball

It doesn't take very long to notice the electrifying velocity that Martinez brings to the hill. He worked steadily at 96-98 mph in this outing, and despite it only being a one inning outing, this is not far off from where he'll pitch as a starter. He has a long, loose arm action and uses his lower half very effectively. So, despite his lack of size, I wouldn't be overly concerned about long term durability. The velocity appears to be coming with ease. Martinez also gets a lot of running action in on the hands of righties. So, not only are we looking at plus velocity, but plus life as well.

Curveball

It's not hard enough to be a true slider but it's pretty close. So for now we'll stick to calling it a curveball with two plane action. Either way, it looks like a plus offering. Right now the command is undeveloped and he missed to his arm side frequently in this outing. Once he gets his release point down, this will be a consistent swing and miss pitch.

Changeup

Martinez doesn't feature the changeup often yet and that includes this outing. He throws it in the low 80s, but right now we'll have to see a larger sample size in order to evaluate it.

Summation

At his best, Martinez is an up tempo, aggressive pitcher with two plus pitches. For an inexperienced pitcher he has an impressive mound demeanor and a relatively advanced approach on such a big stage. The framework for a front end starter doesn't get much better than this with two plus pitches already in place. Right now, he just needs innings and experience.

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