Another 11 weeks, guys… Tonight, the visiting Mets (43-48) hope to win a game against the Washington Nationals (26-65).Â In their way, will be (RHP) J.D. Martin.Â Here’s the skinny on Martin who will be making his pitching debut…
Full Name: Â John Dale Martin
Born: Â January 2,1983 Â inÂ Ridgecrest, California
Height: Â 6-5Â Â Weight: Â 175Â Â Bats: Â RightÂ Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â Burroughs (Ridgecrest, California)
College: Â None
Drafted: Â Selected by Cleveland Indians in 1st Round (35th overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
Career Minor League Record (53-28 3.50 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)
Martin will step on a big league mound for the first time in his nine-year professional career Monday against the Mets. In Triple-A this season, the 26-year-old has been the Syracuse Chiefs’ most consistent starter, going 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 15 starts. Martin throws his fastball in the mid to high 80′s and also offers a cutter and a changeup. His command is what has made him successful in Triple-A this season, as he’s struck out 66 batters compared to 10 walks issued.
Scouting Report according to Wikipedia –
Â Martin is described as “a strike-thrower with a below average fastball who lives off of his change-up.” His “fastball clocks in the high-80s, at best, but he locates it well while mixing in a cutter and changeup.” According to Steve McCatty, the Nationals pitching coach who also coached Martin at Syracuse, “he just located everything… In the sixth, seventh innings, he’d be at 65 pitches.”
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency:Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicatorsof a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.
-Martin underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005, costing him the 2nd half of the season and the 1st half of 2006.