30 Players in 30 Days: J.D. Martin

 J.D. Martin


j. d. martin2.JPGAfter pitching phenomenally well in Triple-A Syracuse, J.D. Martin made his Major League debut with the Washington Nationals on July 20. While his first few starts were a bit rusty he eventually garnered his first Major League win on August 9 against Arizona.

Prior to the 2009 season, Martin spent eight years in the Cleveland Indians system. He overcame a number of arm problems along the way which culminated with Tommy John surgery in 2005. The surgery was a success and in 2008 he was named to the Eastern League All-Star team. Following a stellar 2008 season, the Nationals signed Martin to a Minor League contract as a way to bolster their pitching staff.

Martin more than proved his worth while pitching with the Syracuse Chiefs this season. He went 8-3 with a 2.66 ERA which earned him an All-Star selection and his eventual call-up to the Majors. He was voted Best Control in the International League in Baseball America‘s annual Best Tools survey voted upon by league managers and earned the Nationals Triple-A Pitcher of the Month distinctions in May and June.


j.d. martin3.JPGOne place where Martin surprised many people was on the basepaths. In his second Major League start, after not having any plate appearances in his eight years with Cleveland, Martin drew a walk and went from first to third on a single by Nyjer Morgan, sparking a five-run rally (see what he had to say about it
here). While he didn’t bat enough to make any significant contributions to the Nationals offense, it was great seeing him contribute to the team on the basepaths as well as on the mound.


j.d. martin1.JPGIn the Minors, Martin was a serious strikeout pitcher with great command of the strike zone and a well-crafted curveball. In 88 innings pitched, he had a strikeout/walk ratio of 6.30 (63/10). These numbers dipped in the Majors where he had a K/BB ratio of 1.54 (37/24 in 77 IP) because of the difference in hitting ability between the Major and Minor Leagues. Martin was still a key asset for the club, going 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA. What his won/loss record doesn’t say, however, is that the team was 10-5 when Martin started, which is the best out of all Nationals starters this year. If Martin can continue his success into Spring Training, he will compete for the fourth or fifth spot in the rotation in 2010.

 

 

J.D. Martin Final Major League Stats

W

L

ERA

G/GS

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

5

4

4.44

15/15

0

77.0

85

40

38

14

6

24

37

.341

1.42

0.72

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