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Cardinals still waiting for pitching prospect Carlos Martinez to arrive in Jupiter, Florida

Feb 21, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals pitching prospect Carlos Martinez still hasn’t arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida because he has not obtained a proper work visa.

Strauss says the Cardinals front office has “no idea” when Martinez might show up. The talented young right-hander is already two weeks behind the club’s other pitchers, though he’s not in the running for an Opening Day roster spot and wouldn’t have been even if he had made it to south Florida on time.

Martinez, a 21-year-old Dominican, posted a 2.93 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 92/32 K/BB ratio across 22 appearances (21 starts) last season between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield.

Baseball America ranked him No. 38 on their list of the Top 100 prospects this winter and MLB.com had him at No. 33. Martinez seems likely to open the 2013 campaign back in Double-A.

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