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Cardinals send prospect Carlos Martinez down to Triple-A

May 27, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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Called up to help the Cardinals’ sagging bullpen four weeks ago, 21-year-old prospect Carlos Martinez is headed down to Triple-A after making seven appearances with a 4.50 ERA and 9/3 K/BB ratio in eight innings.

Martinez flashed the overpowering raw stuff that made him an elite prospect as a starter, averaging 96.0 miles per hour with his fastball, but it’s assumed that the Cardinals want him to continue starting at Triple-A.

He ranked as a top 50 prospect by both Baseball America and going into the season, boasting a 2.74 ERA and 277 strikeouts in 250 innings spent entirely as a starter.

  1. albertmn - May 27, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    His numbers weren’t great, but he didn’t embarrass himself either. He got a taste of the majors and can now go back down and should better know what to work on.

  2. cardslifer - May 27, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I was glad to see this. I thought FO was doing him a disservice by having him pitch from the bullpen.

    He needs some work and needs to be pitching every 5 days.

    • paperlions - May 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Within context, I think the move made a lot of sense. Because of his visa problems, he missed all of ST. I think they called him up to give him a chance to work with the MLB staff that he missed during ST and he could help the bullpen while doing it. He’s probably on about a 150-160 innings limit for the year anyway since he is 21 and pitched only 104 innings last year. Now, he’s had a taste of MLB, got to work with the MLB staff after missing ST, and will probably be better suited to help out of the pen this fall after he hits his innings limit as a starter and the MiLB season ends.

  3. clayman98 - May 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Reblogged this on STL Sports View.

  4. okwhitefalcon - May 27, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Cards farm director John Vuch talks Cards minor leagues and development with KMOX’s Kevin Wheeler earlier this evening, listen here:

  5. okwhitefalcon - May 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Per Derrick Goold’s chat, Michael Wacha gets the start Thursday at Busch vs KC.

  6. clayman98 - May 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I just wish they would have done this sooner… Instead of let him sit for a week and then scramble to get him down to AAA

  7. clayman98 - May 29, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    and recondition him as a starter. Just doesn’t make sense…

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