Ehem… I told you
A couple weeks ago I wrote about Carlos Martinez, you can check it out here.
The time has finally come. Last night Martinez made his MLB debut and pitched a scoreless inning in a 6-1 victory of the Brewers. Check out his scouting report in the link above. This kid is legit. Rated as the Cardinal’s number 2 pitching prospect, Martinez started the year in AA Springfield. I had planned to go see him start, but I can live with this. This year in Springfield he has pitched 11.2 innings giving up 3 earned runs and just 1 walk. In his starts he has consistently hit 98 on the gun with movement. As you saw last night he’s got himself quite the curve ball.
Was it too early?
But the Cardinals, once again, needed to get a new power arm in the back of the bullpen to stabilize it . Corresponding with this move the Cardinals used up Bogg’s last option to Memphis. I expect Boggs to figure it out and get back here soon enough. He was just TOO dominate last year.
Where’s Micheal Wacha? I have a feeling that the front office REALLY wants to groom him as a starter and doesn’t want to touch him. Just look at what a bullpen move has done on Joe Kelly, he’s still struggling to get his ERA UNDER TEN.
So the Cardinals annual bullpen shuffle continues. Only this time, Mozeliak has some toys in the farm system to call upon.
Remember when RHP Carlos Martinez was hyped up almost as much as Shelby Miller?
Martinez, the Cardinals no. 3 prospect for 2013, has always been highly touted within the organization. He’s no joke either, here’s this from Baseball America:
Scouting Report: Martinez is an aggressive pitcher with a fastball that regularly hums at 94-98 mph and hit 100 in his first Springfield appearance. He has a biting curveball and a changeup that’s more effective when he doesn’t throw it too hard. Both could develop into plus pitches. He has a natural delivery but sometimes strays from it and his command wobbles. Some scouts see him as too small to handle starting, but his frame belies a wiry strength and his efficient mechanics will help.
So in the well documented Cardinal’s 5th starter competition where was this guy? How about stuck in the Dominican Republic. He couldn’t get his work visa approved and therefor couldn’t report to spring training. I personally really like Carlos Martinez. He’s a flamethrower with a nasty breaking ball. Living in southwest Missouri, I love getting the opportunity to see these young guys on the Springfield Cardinals. Martinez certainly passes the eye test. Last season Martinez went 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA and struck out 58 in 71 innings pitched. He’s off to an understandably slow start this year but everything I’ve heard suggests that he stayed focused and reported fit and ready to go. Carlos should be on the fast track to AAA and may enter the Cardinal’s bullpen pitcher later this year. If you forgot about him, you’ll sure be hearing his name soon.
Stay tuned for my evaluation of touted Shelby Miller.
When the Cardinals signed Beltran to a 2 yr deal after the 2011 regular season to replace the offense from Albert Pujols I got pretty excited. I always liked Beltran with the Mets. A good combination of power and speed in his prime. After he signed, he proceeded to hit .269 with 32 dingers and 97 RBIs. He was a force in the middle of the lineup.
Lance Berkman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lance Berkman earned a new contract after a very successful 2011 season and really disappointed. He only played in 32 games and had only 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. He just couldn’t stay on the field. My question is, are we going to see something similar from Beltran in his second year for the Cardinals? He’s hobbled around on his broken toe and has combined for a 1-10 start this season. Just looking at him run the bases tells anyone he isn’t healthy. I know it’s a small sample size but you have to wonder if the WBC fatigued the 35 yr old.
I don’t understand the logic behind continuing to play Beltran when he isn’t 100%. It is so
easy to stick Craig in RF and play Adams at 1st. I know it’s early but I keep having flash backs to Berkman’s second year.