Brett Martin (baseball)

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Brett Martin
Texas Rangers – No. 59
Relief pitcher
Born: (1995-04-28) April 28, 1995 (age 24)
Morristown, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 19, 2019, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record2–3
Earned run average4.76
Strikeouts62
Teams

Brett Ryan Martin (born April 28, 1995) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career[edit]

Martin attended Morristown-Hamblen High School East in Morristown, Tennessee.[1] Undrafted out of high school, Martin initially attended the University of Tennessee, but suffered an injury and transferred before appearing in a game.[2][3] He transferred to Walters State Community College and played college baseball in 2014 for them, producing a 9–2 record with a 3.83 earned run average (ERA) in 42 innings.[4]

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the fourth round, 126th overall, of the 2014 MLB draft and signed for a $475,000 signing bonus.[5][6][4] He made his professional debut in 2014 with the Rookie-level AZL Rangers, going 1–4 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 games. In 2015, he played for the Hickory Crawdads of the Class A South Atlantic League, compiling a 5–6 record and 3.49 ERA in 20 games (18 starts).[3][4] In 2016, he played for the AZL Rangers, Crawdads, and High Desert Mavericks of the Class A-Advanced California League, posting a combined 4–4 record with a 4.41 ERA in 17 starts between the three teams.[4] He appeared in three games for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League in 2016.[7] Martin spent 2017 with the Down East Wood Ducks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League where he started 16 games and collected a 4–8 record and 4.70 ERA with 90 strikeouts in ​84 13 innings.[8]

The Rangers added Martin to their 40-man roster after the 2017 season.[9] He spent the 2018 season with the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League with whom he struggled, posting a 2–10 record with a 7.28 ERA in 89 innings over 29 games (15 starts).[4] In 2019, Martin was optioned to the Nashville Sounds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League to open the season, as a reliever.[10]

On April 19, 2019, he was called up to the major league roster for the first time.[1] He made his debut that night, recording a scoreless inning in relief versus the Houston Astros.[11] He finished the 2019 season with Texas, going 2–3 with a 4.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts over ​62 13 innings.

Personal life[edit]

Martin has type 1 diabetes.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff Reports (April 19, 2019). "Former East, WSCC standout Brett Martin called up to majors by Texas Rangers". Citizen Tribune. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Matt Daniels (February 10, 2018). "Brett Martin heads to first big league training camp looking to improve". Citizen Tribune. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Mark Parker (July 18, 2015). "Brett Martin: Developing Consistency". MLB.com. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Brett Martin". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  5. ^ WFAA Staff (June 10, 2014). "Rangers sign three selections from 2014 Draft". WFAA. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  6. ^ WFAA Staff (March 14, 2017). "Texas Rangers Top Prospect No. 5: Brett Martin". WFAA. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Statistics: 2016 Surprise Saguaros". MLB.com. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Brett Martin Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  9. ^ RotoWire Staff (November 20, 2017). "Rangers' Brett Martin: Added to 40-man roster". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "Sounds Announce Tentative Opening Day Roster". MiLB.com. March 27, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Staff Reports (April 21, 2019). "Morristown native Brett Martin impresses in first MLB action". Citizen Tribune. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  12. ^ Gerry Fraley (January 30, 2018). "Rangers top prospects, No. 6: When right, this left-handed pitcher has dazzling stuff". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 20, 2019.

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