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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Carlos Martinez held the Reds to just one run over six innings in a 5-2 victory on Saturday.
Facing the Reds for a second straight start, Martinez gave up just three hits and a pair of walks while notching three strikeouts. The only run scored on a solo homer from Zack Cozart in the fifth inning. The 23-year-old owns a 2.08 ERA with a 13/5 K/BB ratio over his first 13 innings of work this season. He's likely going to face an innings limit, but there's breakout potential here. Apr 18 - 6:00 PM

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Carlos Martinez blanked the Mets for six innings, allowing just three hits, in the Cardinals' 5-4 win Wednesday.

Martinez also legged out an infield single after Wilmer Flores chose to hang back on his bouncer to shortstop. Martinez, named the Cardinals' fifth starter Monday, is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings this spring. Because of his upside, he shouldn't be left unowned in any mixed leagues.
Apr 1 - 5:27 PM

Carlos Martinez has been officially named as the Cardinals' fifth starter.

That was the speculation as soon as Jaime Garcia had a recurrence of shoulder issues, but it's now official. Meanwhile, Marco Gonzales will be optioned to Triple-A. Martinez has immense upside and is well worth a flier in most mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 30 - 5:46 PM

According to's Jenifer Langosch, "every indication is that" Carlos Martinez will open the 2015 regular season as the Cardinals' fifth starter.

Jaime Garcia was probably the frontrunner for the spot as recently as last week, but his shoulder issues have suddenly resurfaced. Martinez possesses terrific raw stuff and is worth a flier in pretty much every standard mixed fantasy league. Marco Gonzales will presumably be optioned to Triple-A Memphis when camp breaks.
Mar 30 - 10:38 AM

Carlos Martinez allowed one run over five innings and struck out six Friday against the Nationals.

Martinez has been strong enough to claim a rotation spot, but it's hard to see the Cardinals picking him over Jaime Garcia if Garcia finishes the spring healthy. Garcia can't be sent down, and he's not viewed as an option for the bullpen. Martinez can be optioned out or transitioned back to a relief role very easily.
Mar 27 - 5:31 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out three in three scoreless innings of relief Saturday against the Braves.

Martinez bounced back nicely after giving up five runs last time out. Besides the three strikeouts, five of his outs came on the ground, and he allowed just one single and one walk. The Cardinals' fifth starter competition remains too close to call at this point.
Mar 21 - 3:58 PM

Carlos Martinez gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings Sunday in his start against the Twins.

Fortunately, it doesn't sound like a fatal blow to his rotation candidacy.'s Andrew Simon had Mike Matheny afterwards saying that he's still very much in the mix. While Martinez walked two today, he still has a nice 7/2 K/B ratio in eight innings for the spring.
Mar 15 - 5:24 PM

Carlos Martinez yielded one run in 2 2/3 innings and struck out three Tuesday against the Astros.

Martinez walked none, though he did hit a batter. All three hits he gave up were doubles. Martinez has allowed just the one run and struck out six in 4 2/3 innings for the spring. He's yet to do anything to hurt his chances of winning a rotation spot.
Mar 10 - 5:13 PM

Carlos Martinez impressed in a win over the Marlins on Thursday, striking out three in two perfect innings.

Even after trading Shelby Miller, the Cardinals will have just one rotation spot for Martinez, Jaime Garcia or Marco Gonzales, assuming their top four stays healthy. The winner of the battle will be worth picking up in mixed leagues, but it's too early to make a call there. Martinez has excellent raw stuff and the most fantasy upside of the bunch.
Mar 5 - 3:46 PM

Carlos Martinez will start the Cardinals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Marlins.

Martinez is expected to throw around 40 pitches, which the Cardinals hope will be enough for him to finish two innings. The 23-year-old right-hander aims to secure the fifth spot in the starting rotation this spring and should be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues if he gets it. He'll hope to get off on the right foot Thursday.
Mar 2 - 5:45 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies are demanding that Carlos Martinez be included in any potential trade package for ace Cole Hamels.

It's a justifiable demand, though the Cards seem to be balking at it for now. Martinez is currently the favorite to open the 2015 season as St. Louis' fifth starter. He owns a 4.28 ERA in 117 2/3 career major league innings, but the 23-year-old right-hander possesses sensational raw stuff and could be on the verge of a breakout. The Dodgers, Padres, and Red Sox are also thought to be seriously pursuing Hamels, who told USA Today on Wednesday that he wants to be traded to a contending team.
Source: USA Today
Feb 18 - 4:34 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday the team is going to meet later this week to discuss Carlos Martinez’s workload for this season.

Martinez is the favorite to win the fifth starter job in the spring, but he has never thrown more than 108 innings in a season before, so the Cardinals will almost certainly have him on an innings limit. "We’re toying with the expected workload," Matheny said. "But first things first. He’s got to come in and win a job. He won’t have anything given to him." With his excellent raw stuff, Martinez has a chance to make an impact in mixed fantasy leagues this season despite a smaller workload.
Feb 17 - 9:51 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Cardinals still prefer giving Carlos Martinez a shot at a rotation spot over signing free agent right-hander James Shields.

Reports have linked the Cardinals to Shields, but there doesn't appear to be much behind it. Barring something unexpected, Martinez should have the edge over Marco Gonzales for a rotation spot this spring. The 23-year-old owns a 4.28 ERA and 108/45 K/BB ratio over 117 2/3 innings in the majors. He has never thrown more than 108 innings in a season in pro ball, so look for him to be on an innings limit, but he's an interesting name to watch in fantasy leagues for his immense raw talent.
Feb 4 - 2:15 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Carlos Martinez will have a "soft cap" on his innings next season if he wins a spot in the rotation.

As it stands right now, Martinez is the favorite over Marco Gonzales for the No. 5 spot following the trade of Shelby Miller. Mozeliak noted that the club would keep an eye on Martinez's workload during the season so that they will have him available to contribute down the stretch. Working mostly as a reliever, Martinez threw just 99 2/3 frames in 2014. He's never thrown more than 108 innings in a season as a pro.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:42:00 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.

Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen."
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 07:57:00 PM

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