Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Meet a Prospect: Chris Martin

In an effort to continue stockpiling every single bullpen arm in Major League Baseball, especially those tall enough to be centers in the NBA, Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees acquired Chris Martin from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations yesterday after Martin was designated for assignment by his former team. Martin will need a 40 man roster spot and does have minor league options remaining so expect him to be in the thick of things this spring training. Let’s meet the man and see exactly what he brings to the table.

Chris was born on June 2, 1986 and attended Arlington High School in Arlington, Texas. During his baseball career in Arlington he did enough to be drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round of the 2004 MLB First Year Player’s Draft but did not sign and instead attended McLennan Community College. The Colorado Rockies then drafted Martin in the 21st round of the 2005 Draft and once again he did not sign. Instead Martin signed with the Fort Worth Cats of United League Baseball but did not get to pitch in a game before tearing his labrum.

Martin spent the next five seasons out of Major League Baseball and baseball period before signing with the Grain Prairie AirHogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball after a tryout with the team. He did enough there to warrant a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox in 2011 where he stayed until he trade to Colorado along with Franklin Morales for Jonathan Herrera deal on December 18, 2013. Martin toiled around in the Rockies minor league system before getting called up to the majors on April 25, 2014. Martin’s numbers were less than impressive with Colorado posting an ERA north of 6.00 which led to him being designated for assignment on January 5th.

New York has snatched up the big, and I mean big listed at 6’ 8”, right handed relief pitcher and will stash him presumably in the minor leagues while hoping for the best. If not the Yankees can always start their own basketball team with Martin, Dellin Betances, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Brett Gardner running the point. 

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