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Carlos Martinez | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Carlos Martinez struggled Wednesday in his first appearance since being sent to the pen, giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Martinez allowed three hits and walked two while throwing 32 pitches. Maybe he's disappointed after getting bumped from the rotation despite outpitching Joe Kelly this spring, but maybe it was just a bad day at the office for the 22-year-old. Mar 26 - 4:16 PM

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday that Carlos Martinez will begin the season working as a setup man in the eighth inning.

Despite thoroughly out-pitching Joe Kelly this spring, Martinez was not given the final spot in the Cardinals' Opening Day rotation. The 22-year-old hurler will work in front of closer Trevor Rosenthal to begin the season. His fantasy value will remain minimal until his role changes.
Mar 23 - 6:22 PM

Carlos Martinez pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Twins on Wednesday.

Martinez allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. With a 1.76 ERA to date, he's certainly outpitched Joe Kelly this spring. Still, the speculation of late has the Cardinals putting him back in the pen anyway. If they go that route, then the whole idea of a competition will have been a sham.
Mar 19 - 4:18 PM

Carlos Martinez tossed four scoreless innings for a victory against the Mets on Wednesday.

Martinez, who has thrown seven shutout innings in his last two starts, is holding up his end of the bargain in the competition for a rotation spot, with a performance thus far that easily betters what Joe Kelly and Tyler Lyons have done. If it's a fair fight, it looks like he has a great shot of being the Cardinals' fifth starter. It might not be a fair fight, though.
Mar 12 - 4:37 PM

Despite going without a strikeout, Carlos Martinez turned in three scoreless innings versus the Mets on Friday.

Martinez has allowed two runs in six innings this spring as he attempts to claim the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation. Six of his nine outs today came on the ground.
Mar 7 - 5:26 PM

Carlos Martinez gave up two runs in three innings Friday against the Marlins.

Letting Martinez throw three innings his first time out shows how serious the Cardinals are about giving him a shot at a rotation spot. He's a better bet to earn one now with Jaime Garcia expected to start off on the DL.
Feb 28 - 4:34 PM

Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist confirmed Tuesday that Carlos Martinez will be used as a starter this spring.

Martinez is in a crowded race for the final few spots in the Cardinals' rotation. The 22-year-old right-hander has electric stuff and will be worth owning in standard mixed fantasy leagues if he wins a starting job.
Feb 18 - 4:16 PM

Carlos Martinez is pitching in the Dominican Winter League as a way to get some extra work in this offseason.

Fall and winter leagues are usually reserved for guys who missed time during the regular season, but in Martinez' case the fact that he was used primarily out of the bullpen by the Cardinals this past season meant he finished the year with a lighter workload than usual. The Cardinals gave the 22-year-old their blessing but are monitoring his workload, and it's not expected to have any effect on his role next season. Martinez is expected to contend for a spot in the rotation in spring.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 07:00:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Carlos Martinez from Double-A Springfield.

Martinez' huge talent has not yet translated to major league success, but the talented 21-year-old will be afforded an extended stint with the club this time around. He posted a 6.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 18 innings earlier this year with the Cardinals.'s No. 33 prospect entering this season went 6-3 with a 2.49 ERA over 16 starts on the farm this year. He'll be slotted into a relief role.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez was called up on Monday and allowed one run over two innings in his lone appearance. The hard-throwing youngster should be back right after the minor league season ends in early September.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 12:56:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis.

The Cards haven't announced whether it will be Martinez that assumes Jake Westbrook's rotation spot on Monday against the Reds, but that seems likely to be the case. Martinez holds a 6.19 ERA with 13 strikeouts over 16 innings in the majors this season, but he boasts a 2.60 mark in his time between Double- and Triple-A. The top prospect will be worth a shot in deeper mixed leagues if he enters the rotation.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 12:10:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez will be sent down after making a spot start Thursday and has been replaced in the starting rotation by Michael Wacha. The 21-year-old has a 6.19 ERA over 11 appearances with the Cardinals.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 02:53:00 PM

Carlos Martinez left Thursday's start against the Dodgers with a right index finger cramp.

It's good news, obviously, that it wasn't a sprain. Martinez should be fine for his next start, which is expected to come at Triple-A Memphis. The young righty was terrific through four innings against the Dodgers, allowing a run on five weakly hit singles, but A.J. Ellis got to him with a three-run homer in the fifth just before his exit.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 09:57:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez will make his first career major league start on Thursday night at Busch Stadium against the Dodgers. He has posted excellent numbers at the Triple-A level and makes for a decent streaming option in mixed fantasy leagues even if he only gets the one outing. The 21-year-old righty has great velocity and nasty breaking stuff.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 10:40:00 AM

Carlos Martinez will make his first major league start on Thursday night against the Dodgers.

Martinez is going to be filling in for Jake Westbrook, who was needed in emergency relief on Wednesday night after Shelby Miller took a line drive off his pitching elbow in the top of the first inning. Martinez, 21, boasts a dominant 1.76 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 51 innings this year at Triple-A Memphis. He's worth a shot in deeper mixed fantasy formats.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 08:31:00 AM

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2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Peter Bourjos
2Jon Jay
3Shane Robinson
RF1Allen Craig
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Shelby Miller
4Lance Lynn
5Joe Kelly
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Carlos Martinez
3Jason Motte
4Kevin Siegrist
5Randy Choate
6Seth Maness
7Pat Neshek
8Eric Fornataro
9Jorge Rondon