Saturday, August 03, 2013
Prospects Plus: Phillies Ethan Martin
Name: Ethan Martin
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Prospect Status: 6th ranked prospect in the Phillies system
Friday vs. Atlanta Braves: 4 1/2 innings, 8 hits allowed, 6 runs allowed, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts
Positives: During the first inning, Martin topped out with his fastball at 97 mph, while showing some toughness. His best showing came in the fourth inning when he got out of a bases loaded one out jam without giving up a run. Martin features three pitches, which all appear to be major league quality. Martin is the key to the trade that sent Shave Victorino to the Dodger last summer. Martin has struggled with control in his time in the minors and that is the main struggle for him. Martin’s stuff remains good with his fastball sitting 92-95 and he can touch 98 when needed. In 2010 Martin scrapped his curveball for a slider that sits in the mid-80s and sits average right now but shows at least plus potential down the road. His change up is slightly below average but has flashed average. Martin is extremely athletic and has been very durable despite his control problems. For Martin his potential will hinge on his command and control.
I personal liked what I saw from him on Friday night and so did the Philly fans, when being taken out of the game, the crowd gave him a very nice round of applause.
Weakness: His control is the biggest thing that is going to hold him back.