Last year, I spent the time immediately after the season examining each player that had made an appearance in St. Louis during the season. This series was well received and so I’m bringing this idea back for the 2013 offseason. More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny‘s office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter. Stats are just the ones accumulated for the Cardinals during the regular season.
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Name: Carlos Martinez
Season stats: 2-1, 1 SV, 5.08 ERA, 21 games, 28.1 IP, 31 H, 9 BB, 24 K, 1.41 WHIP
Hero/Goat: Goat 1
Overall grade: B-
Positives: We finally got to see Martinez on the big stage and it was pretty obvious why there’s been hype around him. Martinez spent most of his time in the bullpen and for the most part thrived there. Fifteen of his 20 appearances out of the pen were of the scoreless variety. He racked up his share of strikeouts and showed poise on the mound, though he occasionally had to have a heart-to-heart with Yadier Molina for that poise to show.
Negatives: When things went wrong for Martinez, they went wrong big. In his three worst relief outings, he pitched a total of 2.2 innings and allowed 10 runs. Some of that was due to being in Colorado, but only some. Martinez showed some of that inconsistency in the playoffs as well, being dominant one time out and then giving up runs the next time. The good outweighed the bad, of course, but the bad was still there.
Outlook: Martinez still needs to develop that consistency and have to show he can go deep into major league games, since he’ll likely leave Jupiter next spring as a member of the starting rotation. The talent is definitely there, though, and it should be a lot of fun to watch him in the coming years.