Joe Martinez

SP, Indianapolis Indians
Age: 27
Born: February 26, 1983
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 195
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 12th Round, 372nd overall, 2005
How Acquired: Trade (for Javier Lopez)
College: Boston College
Agent: N/A
Martinez has made two brief appearances in the majors, one of which involved him getting hit in the head with a line drive and missing most of the 2009 season.  He has yet to perform in the majors, although his AAA numbers don’t look as bad.  Martinez has pitched 116.1 innings at the AAA level, with a 3.79 ERA, a 6.7 K/9, and a 2.6 BB/9 ratio.  He has a four pitch mix, throwing an 86-91 MPH fastball that touches 92, and a solid-average changeup.  I’m not sold on Martinez as a starting option, as his secondary pitches are below average, and his fastball is only average.  I see him as more of a middle relief option, or maybe a Jeff Karstens type starter.
Baseball Reference
2009: $400,000
2010: $400,000

Other Details:

  • N/A
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2005
MLB Debut: 4/7/2009
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: Protected
Added to 40-Man:
11/20/2008 (Removed: 12/22/2010)
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2010)
MLB Service Time: 1.000
2005: Big East Conference All-Star P

June 6, 2001: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 44th round, 1308th overall pick.
June 8, 2005: Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round, 372nd overall pick.
June 13, 2005: Signed by the San Francisco Giants to a minor league contract.
November 20, 2008:
Contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants.
July 31, 2010: Acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the San Francisco Giants along with John Bowker in exchange for Javier Lopez.
December 22, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.