Phillies Minor League Focus: RHP Ethan Martin

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Last July, the Phillies were sellers at the trade deadline for the first time under Ruben Amaro. By dealing away outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence; the Phillies provided themselves with financial flexibility this offseason as well as infused their minor league system with high-ceiling talent. One such acquisition is RHP Ethan Martin. The 23-year-old came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system in the Victorino swap. At 6’2, 195, the wiry Martin has the perfect build for a Major League starter. He will likely begin the 2013 season in AA Reading after spending the entirety of 2012 at that level.

The Athens, Georgia native was the Dodgers’ 1st round pick (15th overall) in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. Martin’s position in the Dodgers’ organization eroded due to command issues (he walked 81 batters in 113 innings in 2010). However, his impressive 2012 campaign was a resurgence of sorts, and Martin is expected to have a close eye on him in Spring Training this March. 

Martin’s top two pitches are undoubtedly his fastball, which he can clock between 93-95 MPH, and a dynamite power-curveball. Baseball America rated Martin’s breaking-ball as the best curve in the Dodgers’ system prior to 2011. If he can harness his command and remain poised in 2013, he could see a call up to Philadelphia in September. 

After coming over from Chattanooga (Los Angeles’ AA team), Martin did not lose a game. His unblemished record (5-0) was boosted by a 3.18 ERA and 35 K in 39.2 innings. After struggling in high-A ball (13-18, 6.68 in 41 games), Martin has emerged as a AA star (18-9, 3.59 in 48 games). The Phillies hope that he will continue to rise through the system and provide back-end relief in a rotation that is extremely top heavy at the moment. 

The next Phillies Minor League Focus segment will take a look at Catcher Tommy Joseph, acquired last July from the San Francisco Giants in the Hunter Pence deal.

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