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Carlos Martinez can’t report to Cardinals camp because of visa issues in Dominican Republic

Mar 20, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Cardinals prospect Carlos Martinez has missed the entirety of spring training and remains stuck in the Dominican Republic because he hasn’t been cleared for a work visa.

Not only did it cost Martinez a chance to impress the coaching staff in major-league camp, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that whenever he does arrive in the United States he’ll likely be so far behind other pitchers that he won’t be ready to begin the season in the minors.

According to Goold he’s been working out, but isn’t on a formal throwing program and there’s still no timetable for when the work visa will be approved despite MLB’s involvement in the process. Apparently changing his name from Carlos Matias to Carlos Martinez when he signed with the Cardinals in 2009 has come up as a red flag now.

Baseball America rated the 21-year-old right-hander as a top-40 prospect this year and last year.

  1. ajcardsfan - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Well that sucks…

  2. okwhitefalcon - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    When/if he makes it out of the DR he’s headed to extended spring training I’d suspect.

    I saw the kid pitch in person last year, for lack of a bettter term he’s “something else”.

  3. digbysellers - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Maybe a dumb question as I don’t know much about it, but don’t the Red Birds have some kind of presence down in the DR? An instructional camp or something along those lines? If so, why isn’t this guy involved in some type of “formal” throwing program?

    • okwhitefalcon - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      I believe they have an “Academy” in the DR but have no idea aout its actual structure.

      Why they don’t have someone “officially” down there supervising his throwing program is baffling.

      • forsch31 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Most likely because they’re occupied with the major and minor league players currently in camp. They’re not going to send one of their coaches down for a single pitcher, no matter how highly rated, and leave their own camps shorthanded.

        According to Goold in one of his Monday chats, Martinez is throwing at the Cardinals’ academy, but it’s obviously not the same kind of work he would get in spring training. The article Aaron links to explains why he isn’t on a formal throwing program.

      • paperlions - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        I read that he has actually been working out at their academy daily. I’m not sure what a “formal throwing program” is supposed to mean…..but he’s not just working out on his own.

  4. chumthumper - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Pretty soon, the Cards won’t even have enough guys to play left field ball.

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