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Cardinals recall Carlos Martinez from Triple-A

Jul 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Carlos Martinez was up with the Cardinals earlier this season, appearing in seven games as a reliever before they sent the 21-year-old top prospect back to the minors to resume starting.

Martinez thrived at Triple-A, posting a 1.98 ERA in eight starts, and now the Cardinals have called him back up.

For now he seems likely to work out of the bullpen again, but Martinez is one of the best starter prospects in baseball–he cracked Baseball America‘s top 40 overall before the season and has upped his stock since then–so it’s only a matter of time before he joins the rotation.

  1. dan1111 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Why not stick him right in the rotation? The fifth slot is wide open.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      They don’t need a fifth starter until the 5th game after the break so it’ll be him or Kelly that gets the ball I suspect.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Adding to the above, I think Martinez will be in the major league rotation much sooner than later – maybe even tomorrow night.

        The Cards rotation beyond Waino and Lynn to a lesser degree isn’t exactly on solid ground at the moment, Westbrook’s elbow could blow up anytime and Miller’s been erratic at best of late.

        Never a dull moment..

      • spudchukar - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Yeah, Miller’s performance last night was disappointing. Arguably his worst outing, against a feeble offense. I had hoped his previous outing was an indication of a return to form, but this makes 3 out of 4 failures. Still too soon to considering demoting him, but alternatives should be examined if his next couple of turns have similar results.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        They’re definitely concerned with Miller, and should be.

        Unfortunately, he’s been a less than a 6 inning pitcher with bad pitch efficiency and the penchant for giving up the long ball.

        Last night was rough for sure, 5 walks was the most glaring stat to me with little fastball command. Most other teams (thanks Houston) probably would’ve have ran him by the 3rd inning but they couldn’t take advantage of Miller’s lack of stuff.

        As most rookies, up and down is expected – his great start no doubt upped the ante on expectations for the remainder of the year. He’ll either right the ship soon or go back to the bullpen I’d suspect.

        As an aside, Derrick Goold mentioned this morning that if the Cards pursue a deal at the deadline it pretty much starts and ends with starting pitching with a bullpen vet (Mo’s fav deadline deal) a secondary option.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Bernie Miklasz has a statistical look at Miller’s struggles – read here:

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Miller is a 22 yr old pitcher. Pretty much ALL 22 yr old pitchers are inconsistent.

        Miller was also hurt by a horrible strike zone last night. He threw 5 pitches that were clear strikes (according to Pitch FX) that were called balls, some of which led to walks. That isn’t an excuse for the entire outing, but it didn’t help, and I think he let the bad calls get to him.

  2. cardslifer - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Why did they send him down when he was struggling in the pen.

    He’s a starter. I was worried about him the first time he was in the pen.

    They need to stop jacking with him.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      He’s hardly been “jacked with”, good God.

      A few stints in a major league pen to help stop the bleeding hardly qualifies for Joba Chamberlain/Yanks territory.

      • spudchukar - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Right on OK. It has been the Cards formula for success for some time now. Let a young fireballer get his feet wet in the “Bigs” via bull pen first. Plus it allows a youngster to get a taste of Major League life, learn apparent deficiencies, go back to AAA, work on the short comings, and return a better pitcher.

        “Jacked with”. Please, he was a fortunate 21 year old who got a chance to help the organization that drafted him, patiently developed him, and brought him up when the opportunity arose. There are an awful lot of other minor leaguers in the Cards corral that would love to be “jacked with.”

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Wow…you are Spud are awfully hard on a guy! Lol!

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Plus, when you consider the circumstances surrounding his visa issues this spring, the early call up made sense. He got to work with the MLB staff (which he missed doing because of the visa problems) and essentially had his spring training while up with the big club during the season. He’s still a kid. They appear to be trying to balance his work load, development and benefit to the big club this year.

        People that rail about injuries to pitchers who switch roles just conveniently ignore the fact that pitchers switch roles all the time without it stunting their development or leading to injuries. Confirmation bias at it’s best or worst, whatever.

  3. hullobudman - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Mujica has pitched in the last 6 games straight. Mannes pitched a couple innings. Both are probably unavilable for tonight’s game. This leaves the Cards with Westbrook on the mound and Choate, Blazer, Rosenthal, Seigrist in the bullpen. Think this just gives them an extra arm to start the series.

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