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.