Ethan Martin, brought to Philadelphia in the Shane Victorino-to-LA trade last summer, will make his major league debut on Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Martin was named the #3 prospect in the Phillies organization prior to the 2013 season by our minor league expert, Jay Floyd.
Martin, 24, has had a solid year at Lehigh Valley going 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts. In 115 2/3 innings, Martin has given up 94 hits while striking out 107 and walking 67. The scouting report on Martin is that he’s a hard thrower at 6-2, 195. However, I’ve read/heard his fastball lacks a little movement, although his slider is pretty far along.
This could also mean Cliff Lee is not ready to start as he’s been dealing with a stiff neck. Lee’s ailment is not considered serious.
Here is an interview Ian did with Ethan just prior to the 2013 season: