May 27, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT
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 MLB.com going into the season, boasting a 2.74 ERA and 277 strikeouts in 250 innings spent entirely as a starter.
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