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44 Carlos Martinez RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/185 | Birthdate: 9/21/1991 | Birthplace: Puerto Plata, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 20/5 | Average Draft Position: 218.68
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Carlos Martinez back from stint in minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) The Cardinals recalled pitcher Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis Sunday. Martinez made two starts for Memphis following an early August demotion, tossing 10 1/3 scoreless innings and striking out seven.

Carlos Martinez sent down to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Cardinals optioned pitcher Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis, after spending a week in the bullpen.

Martinez was hit hard in his last few outings, and heads to Triple-A with a 4.74 ERA in 68 1/3 innings of work at the major-league level. 


Carlos Martinez being moved back to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is headed back to the bullpen as Shelby Miller will rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Cubs, according to MLB.com. Martinez went 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA over seven starts since joining the rotation June 16.

Carlos Martinez escapes rough outing with no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez had some struggles but managed to escape a rough outing with a no-decision Sunday night at home against the Dodgers. The right-hander was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over four innings pitched. Of his 74 pitches, only 45 were strikes.

Over his last three starts covering 14 innings, Martinez has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 4.57 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 67 innings of relief. He will make his next start Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago.


Cardinals announce rotation for Dodgers series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2014) The Cardinals have chosen to give All-Star pitcher Adam Wainwright a few extra days to rest following the break, as he will not pitch in the weekend series against the Dodgers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Lance Lynn will start the second-half opener Friday. He will be followed by Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez in the three-game series.


Carlos Martinez gets roughed up in final start before the break


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez was roughed up Sunday afternoon against Milwaukee, dropping to 2-4 on the year. The right-hander was shelled for four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings of an 11-2 defeat.

Martinez enters the All-Star break with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP over 63 innings of work. His next start remains to be seen, as the Cardinals have yet to announce their post-break rotation.


Carlos Martinez hurt by homers Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez had a tough time with the long ball Tuesday against the Pirates. 

Martinez tossed six innings, giving up four runs. He allowed eight hits and walked two. Martinez did manage to strike out six hitters. While he proved to be hittable during the course of the game, there were only two hits that really mattered. Pedro Alvarez clubbed a two-run shot to right center in the fourth inning, and Andrew McCutchen followed that up with a two-run shot the following inning. 

Despite giving up four runs, Martinez did not factor into the decision. His next start will come against the Brewers. 


Carlos Martinez's role becomes more secure


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) Even though Carlos Martinez has yet to throw a "quality start" in four attempts, mostly because he has yet to pitch more than five innings, his ownership percentage continues to rise in Fantasy -- a trend I'm both surprised and encouraged to see.

Because while his performance may not have improved his chances of sticking in the role, other developments within the Cardinals organization have. Specifically, Jaime Garcia's decision to have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder should buy Martinez at least a few more weeks in the role even with Joe Kelly on the verge of returning from a hamstring injury.

Eventually, Michael Wacha will return from a shoulder injury of his own, but he hasn't even begun throwing yet. By the time he's ready to go, someone else may be hurt. Or the Cardinals may choose to send Kelly to the bullpen or Shelby Miller to the minors, depending on how he's throwing. They have options.

Martinez now has an extended chance to make that decision as difficult as it can be. He'll continue to build up his pitching count, eventually getting to the point where he can throw six innings consistently. And once he's stretched out, the Cardinals may not want to shorten him again, especially if he's pitching up to his capabilities.

To me, he's in a similar situation to Kevin Gausman and has that kind of upside, making him worth a flier in all leagues while the job is his.


Carlos Martinez picks up second win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez tossed five solid innings Thursday, in a 7-2 win over the Giants.

Martinez limited the Giants to just one run over his five innings of work, on five hits and a walk. He struck out six batters while throwing a season-high 88 pitches in the win.

Martinez won his second decision of the season, improving his record to 2-3. He also lowered his ERA to 3.91 in 53 innings of work. The Cardinals are likely to keep Martinez in the rotation until the All-Star break due to injuries, with his next start set for Tuesday against the Pirates. 


Carlos Martinez exits during fifth in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is still on a limited pitch count, so he didn't get very far in a 3-1 win over the Dodgers Friday.

Martinez pitched into the fifth inning, but was pulled after recording one out. He ended up allowing just one run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings on 82 pitches, while striking out four batters and walking three in a no-decision.

Martinez picked up his first start in his last outing, and is now 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA in 48 innings. He has started in his last three appearances, and his next is scheduled for Thursday in San Francisco. 


Carlos Martinez not a priority pickup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/23/2014) Carlos Martinez is a talented pitcher with a bright future in the majors, and now that Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia are both on the DL with shoulder injuries, he has a rotation spot to call his own. Given his relief pitcher eligibility, you'd think I'd take this opportunity to hype him to the hills.

But with Chase Whitley only 56 percent owned, I don't see the point.

He's the more attractive SPARP (starting pitcher as relief pitcher -- Head-to-Head owners know what I mean) right now, having dominated in 13 starts before the majors and minors so far. Considering he entered the season with only eight career starts as a professional, we haven't really seen him fail in the role.

But while Whitley has issued just 0.9 walks per nine innings, which would rank second among starting pitchers if he had the innings to qualify, Martinez has issued 3.9 overall and 5.0 in his two starts. He's a talented pitcher with a bright future, sure, but he's also a work in progress.

So while adding him certainly isn't a problem if you have ample roster space, I wouldn't consider it a top priority right now -- not with some of the pitchers, SPARPs included, available on waivers.


Carlos Martinez to remain in Cardinals' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) With the news Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha have been placed on the disabled list due to shoulder injuries, Carlos Martinez will remain in the rotation, per MLB.com. However, no announcement has been made on who will start Wednesday at Colorado, which was Garcia's next turn through the rotation.

Martinez (1-3) picked up his first win of the season Sunday in a 5-3 win against the Phillies. He allowed three runs on three hits and one walk in five innings, while striking out five.


Carlos Martinez to start Sunday, with Michael Wacha getting rest


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will make another spot start this week, thought he won't be replacing an injured start this time.

Martinez is starting Sunday against the Phillies, in place of Michael Wacha. The team announced the move Sunday, noting that Wacha is not injured, and the team just wants to give him extra rest in his first full major-league season. 


Carlos Martinez pitches well in spot-start vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez pitched well in a spot-start against the Mets on Monday, but was unable to factor into the decision. Making his first start of the season, the right-hander permitted one unearned run on two hits and four walks while striking out three over four innings of a 6-2 win.

Of his 59 pitches, 31 were strikes. Martinez owns a 4.19 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 38 2/3 innings of work. He will likely head back to the bullpen moving forward.

Carlos Martinez tabbed to start Monday for Cardinals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will start Monday's game against the Mets in place of injured starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (elbow), according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. General manager John Mozeliak said Martinez would be limited to 50-60 pitches Monday.

Martinez has been pitching in relief all season, totaling a 0-3 record, 4.67 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 30 appearances.


Carlos Martinez coughs three-run home run late vs. Pirates


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez was not at his best and was charged with second loss of the season Friday night against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Martinez allowed a three-run home run to Neil Walker in the seventh inning for his only damage of the night. He was charged with three runs on three hits and no walks in one inning of work. He owns a 4.19 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 19 1/3 innings.

Carlos Martinez not considered an option for spot starts


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) The Cardinals are not considered moving pitcher Carlos Martinez from the bullpen to the rotation, despite losing Joe Kelly to a hamstring injury that landed him on the disabled list Thursday, according to MLB.com.

"You'd be looking at stretching him out just to slow him back down again," Matheny said. "This is one of those scenarios where we just don't know how long it's going to be [for Kelly]. It's not set in stone, and I think you take that risk of pulling [Martinez] out, getting him going just to slow him back down if things [with Kelly] progress quickly."

According to the report, the team prefers to pick a starter from the Triple-A squad in Memphis, rather than move Carlos Martinez into a starting role for a few spot starts. Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney are both mentioned as possible options for the spot.

Martinez has a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings of the bullpen, and has yet to throw more than 31 pitches in any outing. 


Carlos Martinez takes loss Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez was saddled with the loss Wednesday, giving up the only run of the game in his team's 1-0 loss to the Reds.

Martinez did a great job in his season debut Monday, getting two outs without giving up a hit or a walk, but he surrendered three hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday. He'll continue to function as a key setup man for the Cardinals.


Joe Kelly beats out Carlos Martinez for spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday pitcher Joe Kelly has beaten out Carlos Martinez for the final spot in the team's rotation, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Martinez will now be moved to a setup role in front of closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Carlos Martinez still on roll in quest for rotation role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Cardinals 22-year-old right-hander Carlos Martinez continued his push for a spot in the starting rotation Wednesday with another fine performance.

Martinez lowered his spring ERA to 1.76 by surrendering just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings against the Twins. He walked one and struck out four, but it should be noted that Minnesota was using only a few of its top position players.


Cardinals pondering where to pitch Carlos Martinez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) While Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has been spectacular in three starts this spring, the team still hasn't decided what his role will be in 2014, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It’s a question still to be determined," pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said. "We know what Carlos can do in the eighth inning. We’re kind of watching to see how he handles himself as a starter.

"At some point in his career, he’s going to be a dynamite starter. But what makes the Cardinals a better team this year?"

Martinez's performance this spring isn't making the decision easy for manager Mike Matheny, who might have to remove a starter from the rotation to accommodate Martinez.

"I can’t put percentages on it," Matheny said of Martinez's chances of starting. "The big picture is that he can pitch. It’s not worth him spending time on it. I understand and appreciate he would like to start. We’ve got a lot of guys in that situation. But if he gets people out, he’s going to make it very interesting."


Carlos Martinez leads Cardinals to win over Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez turned in another promising start Wednesday, leading St. Louis to a 6-4 win against the Mets. Martinez (1-0) tossed four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out three.

Martinez hasn't allowed a run and just three hits in seven March innings. He has a 1.80 ERA through three spring starts (10 innings). He also has five strikeouts and has issued just two walks.


Carlos Martinez throws three scoreless Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez tossed three scoreless innings Friday against the Mets.

Martinez gave up a single to outfielder Curtis Granderson in the second inning, but was otherwise untouched by the Mets. He did walk Kirk Nieuwenhuis to open the third, but pitched out of it. He did not notch any strikeouts. 


Carlos Martinez allows homer, strikes out two in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez served up a first-inning home run but retired the final seven batters he faced in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins. He gave up two earned runs on two hits in three innings of action in the spring debut.

Martinez, who is competing for a spot in the Cardinals rotation this spring, threw 25 of his 36 pitches for strikes Friday. Tyler Lyons, another candidate for a rotation spot, pitched two scoreless innings after relieving Martinez.


Carlos Martinez to start first spring game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will start the team's first spring game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Martinez will be stretched out as a starter during camp, and has a chance to break camp in the rotation. Martinez will likely only toss one or two innings during the start, but will build his stamina with time. 

Last season, Martinez posted a 5.08 ERA in 28 1/3 innings in the majors.