Position: Starting Pitcher
Bats/Throws: Right / Right
Birthday/Age: June 6, 1989 (23)
6' 2", 195 pounds
How he became a Phillie: Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July
31, 2012 along with pitcher Josh Lindblom and a player to be named later (Stefan
Jarrin) for outfielder Shane Victorino.
Repertoire: Martin has two high quality pitches, with a fastball that
sits in the low-to-mid 90s and a hard curve that was thought by many to be the
best in the Dodgers organization at the time the Phillies acquired him. Both
pitches are strikeout pitches for Martin, the curve because it's one of those
falls off the table type curves and the fastball because of the late movement
that he gets on the pitch. To go with his top two pitches, Martin has a
decent, but not terrific change-up that keeps hitters honest, especially since
his other two pitches are generally those heavy type pitches.
Ethan Martin's league comparison
|Ethan Martin made just seven
starts for AA Reading in the Eastern League, so his stats from his 20
starts at AA Chattanooga in the Southern League were used for his
Scouting Report: At the time of the 2008 Draft, Martin was thought to
be the best high school pitcher available and the Dodgers took him in the first
round with the 15th overall pick and handed him $1.73 million. While Martin
hasn't truly lived up to the hype that he generated pre-draft, he's showing some
real promise and the Dodgers didn't give up on him, but they needed Victorino
badly for the pennant stretch and had to include him to make the deal work.
The biggest issue with Martin is getting his command issues straightened out.
In four minor league seasons, he's averaged 5.5 walks per nine innings, but his
season average for 2012 was one lower at 4.5 walks per nine. At least when he
misses, it's generally in and out and not up in the zone where his pitches could
be hit a long way. Martin has allowed just 0.6 home runs per nine innings over
It's worth noting that many key stats are getting better as Martin progresses
up the minor league ladder. Some new faces working with him in the Phillies
organization might be able to truly harness his talent and get him to the point
where he can put everything together.
Ceiling: Once he gets his control and consistency down, Martin figures
to be able to become a very strong prospect and could eventually work as a
number-two type starter in the majors. It would also help if he could get a tick
more velocity and movement on his fastball and separate the velocity in his
change and fastball a little more. Without those improvements, he's lower in the
rotation, but he's showing signs of making himself into a better pitcher and
he's the type of player that isn't afraid of some hard work to make it happen.
ETA: Last season was Martin's first full season at Double-A and the
Phillies have a lot of pitchers that they're going to have to sort out between
Triple-A and Double-A. Worst case scenario is that Martin opens the season at
Reading and moves to Triple-A Lehigh Valley later in the season, but the
Phillies would like to fit him into the Lehigh Valley rotation right from
opening day. He needs at least one more season in the minors and probably a
little more. Next year at this time, he'll likely be where Adam Morgan is this
season and should be looking to insert himself into the Phillies rotation in
Ethan Martin's career stats
When the Phillies sent up the white flag last July, one of the moves was to send Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The player they targeted was right-hander Ethan Martin, who comes to the Phillies with a strong upside.
Martin came to the Phils in last year's Shane Victorino deal.