We thought when the Bucs signed him, they had made a nice pickup. Martis struckout 146 in 133 innings with Class AA Harrisburg last season.
He has looked nothing like that pitcher this year. Even in Spring Training when we saw him, there was just something missing.
He started at AAA and was sent to Altoona. While with the Curve, his whiffs disappeared. Just 30 in 53.1 innings…ugh.
There were reports he battled some issues with his conditioning when he was in the Nats organization, but we really thought he was a classic rebound candidate as he pitched in the majors at the age of 21 for the Washington Nationals.
We told you to keep an eye on him because of this mainly…., not overpowering, just incredibly effective.
Some sick highlights against the Altoona Curve show just how dominant Martis can be, how bad luck screwed Filthy Phil Irwin, and a bonus includes some funny broadcasting: listen closely to the announcer and the nasally lady early in the video.
Gary Robinson, who will forever be an internet star for the performance he put on when he was the State College Spikes manager, has joined the Pirates’ pro scouting team, the Bucs announced yesterday. He managed Jameson Taillon and the West Virginia Power to a 69-69 record last season. Robinson was a scout with the Phillies, Giants, and Mariners from 1991-1998.