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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 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

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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

Carlos Martinez came in for the save Sunday, closing out the Cardinals' 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks as they secured the National League Central title.

The Cardinals technically won the division when the Pirates lost to the Reds, but they won their game just for good measure. The Cards used a bevy of relievers in the game, with Martinez getting the final two outs to earn his first save of the year. The electric 23-year-old finished the season with a 4.03 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings. The Cardinals will meet the Dodgers in Los Angeles Friday for the start of their series.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 08:36:00 PM

Carlos Martinez threw two scoreless innings of relief Wednesday in the Cardinals' loss to the Reds.

Martinez struck out three of the seven batters he faced, flashing a 97-98 mph fastball and a sweeping power slider. The right-hander has been sensational since the return of Yadier Molina, striking out 10 batters and yielding no runs over his last 9 2/3 innings. He'll remain a big part of the St. Louis bullpen down the stretch and into the postseason.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis.

Martinez spun 10 1/3 scoreless innings with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in two starts at Memphis after being sent down earlier this month. He'll be used as a reliever for now but could get another shot in the rotation if Shelby Miller's struggles continue.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Cardinals optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.

He's being sent there to stretch out as a starter, which is the best thing for his development rather than being used sporadically in relief. Martinez, who holds a 4.74 ERA with 64 strikeouts over 68 1/3 innings this season, will be back in September.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Carlos Martinez is moving back to the bullpen.

Shelby Miller is going to take his rotation spot on Saturday at Wrigley Field. Martinez has fantastic raw stuff and massive upside, but the 22-year-old right-hander owns an ugly 4.57 ERA and 1.46 WHIP on the season.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 04:22:00 PM

Carlos Martinez struggled in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday night, allowing three runs on six hits over his four innings of work.

The young right-hander struck out five while walking two on the evening. His transition to the rotation hasn’t gone as swimmingly as the Cardinals had hoped, as he now sports a 4.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 62/30 K/BB ratio over 67 innings on the season. He’ll take on the Cubs in Chicago next weekend.
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Martinez had yet to lose as a starter before Sunday, as the loss was his first since May 29. The right-hander didn't have much from the outset, giving up four straight singles to lead off the game. He struck out five while walking three, and he owns a mediocre 4.43 ERA and 1.43 WHIP heading into the All-Star break. How the Cardinals rotation shakes out in the second half is still up in the air, but Martinez seems to be a part of it for now.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 05:11:00 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs, all on home runs, on eight hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Martinez served up two-run blasts to Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen in the game, his first homers allowed since being converted to a starter. The right-hander also walked two while striking out six. The Cardinals offense bailed him out -- a novel concept these days -- to keep his record at 2-3, and he'll get one more shot at pulling even before the All-Star break when he faces the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 11:35:00 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out six while holding the Giants to one run over five innings in a 7-2 victory Thursday.

He permitted five hits while walking just one. Martinez probably had one more inning in him, but he had just escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and also appeared to jar his neck while diving to field a Gregor Blanco bunt single. He's yet to go more than five frames as he transitions from reliever to starter, but Martinez boasts a 2.45 ERA with 18 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings since moving into the rotation. He'll close out his first half next week against the Pirates and Brewers.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 07:30:00 PM

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C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
4Cody Stanley
5Michael Ohlman
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Xavier Scruggs
4Scott Moore
2B1Kolten Wong
2Dean Anna
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Ty Kelly
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
7Marco Gonzales
8Tyler Lyons
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Kevin Siegrist
8Nick Greenwood
9Carlos Villanueva
10Samuel Tuivailala
11Miguel Socolovich
12Marcus Hatley