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Phillies Nation Player Review: Ethan Martin

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, October 14, 2013 06:00 AM | Comments: 7
2013 Player Reviews, Features

“I think (the change was) just going out there and having fun again. It was one of the first times I have had fun out there since high school.”

Ethan Marin on his successes after coming to the Phillies organization

When I talked to Marin in April, the 6’2″ Georgian was calm and relaxed, well aware of the fact that he was one step away from the Big Leagues but also knowing that he would have to earn his shot. Traded for Shane Victorino in July 2012, Martin exceeded expectations with Reading, going 5-0 in seven starts with a 3.18 ERA. Martin started 2013, his first full year with the Phillies organization, in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. At 23 years old, Marin stumbled out of the gate, not advancing beyond the fifth inning of any of his first five starts. Martin would soon find his groove, holding opposing hitters to a .226 BAA in his next 16 starts with a 3.26 ERA. His performance, combined with injuries to Roy Halladay, John Lannan, and brief Cliff Lee neck injury, earned him his first taste of the Major Leagues, an August 2 start against the Braves.

Hitting 97 MPH, Martin challenged the Braves but wound up losing in a 6-4 contest after giving up six earned runs. Much like many of his future starts, Martin’s potential was on display against the Braves, going after the eventual NL East champs with a mid-90s fastball. What helped do in Martin that night would be what nearly cost him his shot at the Majors in 2013: control. Martin would walk 26 hitters in 40 MLB innings, posting a 1.700 WHIP. Averaging 5.5 BB/9 IP in his Minor League career, Martin has always struggled with command and that may be the only factor keeping him from being a mid-rotation starter or high-quality, high-leverage reliever for a long time in baseball.

Martin made eight starts for the Phillies and seven appearances as a reliever as the injured starters returned. In his seven relief innings, Martin held opposing hitters to a .185 BAA  but allowed them to reach base at a worrisome .290 clip. For the season, Martin averaged over a strikeout per inning pitched with the Phillies.

Grade: C-. With Martin, throw out the 6.60 ERA. Martin showed that he could routinely strikeout Major League hitters but he also showed that he can struggle greatly with command. Martin is a very intriguing internal option for 2014 as a right-handed reliever, with mid-90s gas and movement on his secondary pitches.

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Ian Riccaboni has written 763 articles on Phillies Nation.

Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Pamikedc

    Hang on to him as a reliever for another year.

    And the long arm guy? Or no?

     
  • Posts: 0 BetaSigmaDeltaShag

    Ibthink Martin’s places in the bullpen he needs to get control and I think you could be a dominant seventh eighth inning guy with his 95 mph fastball I just don’t think you can stretch him out and pitch more than six innings so I think reliever is his spot

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    He’s a potential closer someday and, with work on his command, should be a nice seventh inning relieverin 2014

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Is it me or do all the Phillies prospects struggle with command. Still i would hold on to him for another year or two.

     
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    A 23-year-old pitcher, 6′-2″ pitcher with a great fastball and absolutely no control.

    Hmm, well that could describe two pitchers.
    Aside from the fact that one is from Georgia and the other from Brooklyn it could either be Ethan Martin or Sandy Koufax

    I assume there are other ways to distinguish Martin’s potential from Koufax’s reality but I wouldn’t be too fast to dump a kid with that much arm. They sometimes come back to visit and beat your brains in for the next ten years.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Obviously Martin was not ready for the Show. Hope he further develops.

     
  • Posts: 0 schmenkman

    It would be great if he could become an effective 3rd or 4th starter, but this was the Martin stat that I thought was most striking, and gave hope for his future as a reliever, and even a closer:

    first time around the order (103 PA): .211 average, .294 OBP, .627 OPS, 35 Ks, 10 BBs
    2nd and 3rd times around: (87 PA): .324 average, .448 OBP, 1.124 OPS, 12 Ks, 16 BBs

    Or even more stark, his first 25 pitches (as either starter or reliever), compared to the rest of his outing:

    pitch 1-25 (73 PA): .200 average, .274 OBP, .536 OPS, 27 Ks, 6 BBs
    pitch 26+ (117 PA): .302 average, .422 OBP, 1.058 OPS, 20 Ks, 20 BBs

     
 
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