2014 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez -- RHP – St. Louis Cardinals
Height: 6'0" Weight: 165 lbs. -- Hits: Right Throws: Right
2013 Stats (AA & AAA) – 6-3, 2.49 ERA, 79.2 Innings, 72 K's, 1.16 WHIP
Carlos Martinez has dominated the minor leagues thanks to his dynamic fastball which often reaches triple digits on the radar gun. He was throwing a curveball up until his big league callup when he ditched it to go strictly fastaball and slider out of the bullpen. His arm is electric but concerning since it comes from such a frail frame. There is much debate about Martinez’s actual age and name for that matter. He was originally known as Carlos Matias when signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. While there is no questioning his arm there are plenty concerning his makeup. Martinez is rough around the edges and difficult to warm up to for teammates. On the field he is flamboyant and borderline manic. He doesn’t have enough in his repertoire to remain a starting pitcher. Martinez is best suited for late inning bullpen work where he can use his fastball and slider to dominate. This move would also greatly diminish his chance for injury or meltdown over the course of his career.
Martinez wasn’t as great as many experts are saying he was during the Cardinals playoff run in 2013. He lost a divisional round game and gave up three runs in six inning against the Red Sox in the World Series. As good as his fastball is velocity wise, it doesn’t offer much run or break. Big league hitters can crush even the best of straight fastballs. What is even more alarming is that Martinez doesn’t strikeout a ton of hitters despite two high end pitches. His brashness also is a cause for concern. Veteran player and teams like the Cardinals aren’t going to tolerate a young role player coming in and acting a fool. The bottom line is that Martinez just doesn’t have enough pitches to last long in ballgames. If the Cardinals keep him a starter they are playing with fire because once he starts getting hit around he has a tendency to come unglued. The only use he is for Fantasy purposes is as a late inning setup man with some save and strikeout potential. Don’t draft him thinking that you are drafting the next hot shot pitching prospect like Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller or Jose Fernandez. Martinez is not that guy folks.
Pedro Martinez – The build and delivery are very similar although Pedro had far more pitches at this point in his career.
Carlos Zambrano – Same kind of fire and intensity. He will have times of brilliance but could also self destruct on a dime as well.
Ranked as the 134th Starting Pitcher In The Fantasy Alarm Draft Guide
ADP of 359.83 in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC)
Drafted in the 25th round (319th overall) in the 2014 F.S.T.A. Experts Draft
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