Former New York Yankees prospect Chad Martin was a part of the Marlins for about three weeks in 2018.
This offseason, we’re recapping every player to appear in the Miami Marlins system in 2018. Martin is the 266th of 286 planned in the series.
Chad Anders Martin is a 6’4″, 205 lb. right-handed hitting and throwing pitcher from Darnestown, Maryland, population 6,378. Not exactly a hotbed of prospective baseball players, Darnestown’s only player ever drafted is Martin.
Born on January 2nd, 1994, Martin went to Quince Orchard HS in nearby Gaithersburg, MD. In two seasons with the University of Delaware, Martin was 8-10 with a 5.96 ERA in 29 contests, with 108 K’s in 133 frames for the Blue Hens.
In the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, the New York Yankees selected Martin in the 30th round, 903rd overall off the board. Only one player chosen at that spot has eventually graduated to the major leagues, Hilly Hathaway (1989, California Angels, 0.4 career WAR).
After Martin’s selection, he split his first professional season mostly with the rookie-level GCL Yankees1, in the Gulf Coast League. He struck out 30 in 43 innings and posted a 2.30 ERA with a 1.302 WHIP.
In 2016, Martin split his time between the Pulaski Yankees in the rookie-level Appalachian League and the Staten Island Yankees, in the short-season-A New York-Penn League. He was 7-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 55 K’s in 68 innings between the two levels.
2017 would see Martin again spend most of his season at a low level, back with Pulaski. He pitched another 27 2/3 innings over the course of the season, and allowed only 15 hits while striking out 24. Martin was 4-2 with a 1.30 ERA and a solid 1.01 WHIP.
At the start of 2018, Martin joined the full-season-A Charleston RiverDogs in the South Atlantic League, and went 2-1 with a 0.84 ERA, 21 strikeouts in 21 innings, and only seven hits allowed. The Yankees parted ways with Martin on June 8th.
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On June 15th, the Miami Marlins inked Martin to a minor league deal and put him with the NYPL’s Batavia Muckdogs. In four appearances, he allowed six runs over just 3 1/3 innings, on five hits and five walks while also striking out five. The Marlins followed the Yankees lead and cut Martin loose on July 3rd.
Later on, Martin signed on with the independent Sioux Falls Canaries in the American Association, but the results were no better. 18 earned runs in just 12 innings of work, with a 2.17 WHIP to show for it.