3/16/2023 0 Comments
Today's player is the San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Martinez. Martinez is from Miami, Florida, and has played for Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
■The KAISPO's baseball analyst comments
Martinez is a utility pitcher who can both relieve and start. In 2022, he made ten starts and 37 relief appearances, showing his coordination and agility with a 4-4 record, eight holds, eight saves, and a 3.47 ERA. He will likely pitch more frequently as a starter in 2023, but his 4-seamer will be challenging. It has the most pitches (26.3%) of his five pitches, but its OBA is high at .351, and Whiff% is low at 18.1%. His 4-seamer's average velocity of 93.4 mph (about 150 km/h) is almost the same as that of MLB. So it would be considered more accessible for hitters to contact, so a more precise command is required. Conversely, his changeup is distributed at about the same rate as the 4-seamer and has a high whiff%. Therefore, he should distribute the 4-seamer in the ball zone and use other pitches, including the changeup in the strike zone. The Padres have aggressively recruited and will likely be a top contender in 2023 and beyond. Hence, Martinez's flexibility in pitching late in the season and postseason makes him a valuable pitcher.
Nick Martinez is a pitcher who played for the San Diego Padres during the 2022 Major League Baseball season. He joined the Padres as a free agent in March 2022 and made his Padre debut on April 11, 2022. Martinez appeared in 47 games for the team during the 2022 season, including ten starts. He recorded a 4-4 record with a 3.47 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 106.1 innings pitched. Martinez primarily served as a long reliever out of the bullpen but also made a few spot starts when needed. Before joining the Padres, the right-hander played in the Texas Rangers organization for several years, making his MLB debut with the Rangers in 2014. He also pitched for the Hokkaido Nippoham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League in 2018 and 2020 and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2021 before returning to the United States to sign with the Padres.
■MLB Career Stats
At the end of the 2022 season, the 32-year-old has logged 21-34 with a 4.50 ERA and 332 strikeouts over 135 games(78 starts) in 521.2 innings in his five big league campaigns. (MLB No.452 KAISPO No.1632)
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