"More than pure velocity, Martinez's fastball had incredible life and heavy sink even in the mid-90s, which helped end his inning by getting Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks to ground into a double play."
"Most impressive in that group were left-hander Matt Moore (Tampa Bay) and right-hander Carlos Martinez (St. Louis). Moore was 94-98 with a very sharp slider at 86-87 with late, hard tilt and a solid-average changeup at 86, and he showed a loose arm and an easy delivery that he repeated well over the course of his inning. Martinez was just as easy and loose, working at 96-98 but having his fastball play up because it got in on hitters so quickly. He threw a hard slurve at 80-82 with very sharp two-plane break -- it's a curveball but has more tilt than most curves do as he gets a little on the side of it, but the result is just an evil pitch. He could turn over a changeup as well. Martinez didn't command the ball as well as Moore did but was just as aggressive."
I have to step in briefly and agree with Law on Martinez's breaking ball. He only threw a couple, and the pitch he hit Devin Mesoraco with was a curve that spun out of his hand, but there was at least one breaker in the bunch I would slap a 70 grade on and call it good.
"The framework for a front end starter doesn't get much better than this with two plus pitches already in place. Right now, he just needs innings and experience."
High praise from three separate national authorities, not to mention the drooling adoration of countless baseball fans who happened to catch the Dominican kid with the golden arm and started looking at their own team's roster, trying to figure out what the Cardinals might be interested in at the trade deadline. No, San Diego, we still don't want Heath Bell nearly that badly.
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