Surprisingly enough, not too many people are talking about Carlos Martinez this year. Shelby Miller in Memphis, Trevor Rosenthal in Springfield and Tyrell Jenkins making his full season debut, Martinez has seen very little hype. Let’s examine why and look at the numbers after the jump.
The Cardinals jumped Trevor Rosenthal over Palm Beach this season, starting him in Springfield after ending last season in Quad Cities, which generates a lot of hype. Carlos Martinez ended last season in Palm Beach, and began this season in Palm Beach. However, Rosenthal is two years older than Martinez. Shelby Miller is only 1 year older than Martinez, but is certainly a more advanced pitcher and has a lot of people paying attention by being one step from the majors.
Carlos Martinez is the 16th youngest player in the Florida State League and the youngest player on the Palm Beach Cardinals and the youngest pitcher by a year and a half. In 7 starts, he has faced 141 batters in 33 innings, struck out 34(9.27 per 9 innings) and walked only 10 (2.73 per 9 innings). Around 49% of his balls in play are hit on the ground. With a BABIP of .320 he’s not getting lucky with batted balls. (In fact, he might be slightly unlucky with the league average of .305 on balls in play.) Martinez is allowing fewer line drives than league average, more ground balls, striking out more batters and walking fewer. With an ERA of 3.00 and a FIP of 2.59, those positive numbers are reflected in the composite numbers. And to top it off the tRA+ of 126 tells us what we already knew, that Carlos Martinez is pitching much better than the average for his league all the while still being young for his league.
There is some indication that the Cardinals are keeping Carlos Martinez in Palm Beach to work with Dennis Martinez, the former pitcher from Nicaragua and current Palm Beach Cardinals pitching coach.