Miami Marlins Farm System Review: RHP Edgar Martinez

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Fans sitting in the stands during the game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Fans sitting in the stands during the game between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 11, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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Edgar Martinez completed his third season of rookie-level ball with the Miami Marlins in 2018.

Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 251 of 286.

Edgar De Jesus Martinez is a 6’1″, 170 lb. right-handed hitting and throwing pitcher from Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic, population 67,117. Only two major league players have originated out of Bajos de Haina, left-handed pitcher Yorkis Perez and outfielder Melky Mesa.

Martinez, who was born on July 13th, 1997, signed his first professional deal with the Miami Marlins on July 20th, 2016, just after his 19th birthday. He reported directly to the rookie-level DSL Marlins, in the Dominican Summer League, where he allowed a .313 opposing batting average over 16 innings of work. He struck out 12, walked nine, and posted a 4.50 ERA.

2017 would start for Martinez laterally promoted to the GCL Marlins, in the rookie-level, Florida based Gulf Coast League. He managed to strike out seven batters over 11 2/3 innings, but also walked seven and allowed 18 hits and 13 earned runs for a 10.03 ERA. Relegated back to DSL for the remainder of the season, Martinez got his ERA down to 4.15, but allowed opponents to hit .457 over 8 2/3 innings of work.

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Prospects who begin their career in the Dominican Summer League are usually of the low-risk, high-reward category. Martinez is no exception. Whereas most players have a relatively small chance of ever getting to the top, Martinez’ path is nearly impossible at this point.

In 2018, Martinez rejoined GCL for the full (half) season, and started in eight-of-12 appearances. He struck out 39 in 44 innings, an encouraging development, but opponents again teed-off on him to a .342/.425/.473 slashline. Despite his near-total lack of success at the rookie-level, Martinez did have a pretty good game on July 25th last year. He struck out six in four one-hit innings in an 8-6 loss to the GCL Cardinals.

Officially still rostered with the GCL Marlins, Martinez will almost surely get released before the rookie-short-season gets underway in June.

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