Best St. Louis Cardinal

Carlos Martinez

Staff Pick

When top Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras tragically died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic last October, Cardinal Nation was devastated. Nobody was more rattled, however, than Taveras' long-time friend, teammate and fellow Dominican Carlos Martinez. The 22-year-old right-handed phenom known as Little Pedro entered into the 2015 season as the biggest question mark among a proven starting rotation featuring Adam Wainwright, John Lackey, Lance Lynn and Michael Wacha. Anyone with an even minor gambling addiction would've laid their money on Martinez as the one most likely to fizzle among those studs. But lo and behold: In his first season as a starting MLB pitcher, Little Pedro has been dominant. With a newfound sinking heater and a nasty slider, the kid's stuff is filthy. Earning a spot on the 2015 All-Star team, Martinez has managed to front some phenomenal numbers in his first season as a starter. He pitched eleven consecutive quality starts — a feat that hasn't been accomplished since Chris Carpenter in 2010 and only matched this season by the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. Not bad for a dude who's barely old enough to drink.
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