DOB: 9/21/1991 (24)
Place of Birth: Dominican Republic
Born in the Dominican Republic, Carlos Martinez was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2009 until MLB voided his contract due to discrepancies over his name and birth date. A year later after his signing probation had passed, the Cardinals hopped on the chance to pick up a promising young player who boasted a mid 90s fastball and a power curve at the time. He continued to have work visa issues which prevented him from participating in most of the 2013 Spring Training. Nicknamed Little Pedro and El Gallo, Carlos Martinez is the most recent in a line of impressive young Cardinals pitchers who have earned a rotation spot for the major league squad.
As A Player
Bats: R Throws: R
ERA: 3.51 K/9: 9.2
Carlos boasts electric stuff, relying on a fastball that sits at 97 mph coupled that he can also throw as more of a sinker type pitch to induce ground balls. Despite being able to pitch to contact, he still strikes out more than a batter an inning, due in part to devastating offspeed pitches. He utilizes both a curveball and a changeup which, when they don’t result in whiffs, lead to lots of weak contact and ground balls. Perhaps most exciting about Carlos is the ways in which he can continue to grow as a pitcher. Working under the veteran leadership of both Yadi and Waino, the sky is the limit for this young Cardinals hurler.