Prospect Watch: Jose Martinez

ariThe Arizona Diamondbacks have tons of depth in their farm system when it comes to starting pitchers and Jose Martinez is a part of that. According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Rosenbaum, their lead mlb prospects writer, Martinez is the #5 prospect in the Diamondbacks’ system to watch out for in 2014. Martinez was born April 14th, 1994 in the Dominican Republic. The 6 foot 1, 160 pound right hander signed in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic and while he is only 19 years old, most scouts that you talk to project him to be in the Majors by 2017. Of course, Martinez is behind guys like Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley, and Aaron Blair but think of a rotation that has those four guys in it and the D’backs are set. That is why many consider the Dbacks to be contenders for the long haul and who knows, maybe they could create a dynasty of their own someday with all the young talent this team has down on the farm. All these prospects of course means the D’backs are also great trade partners but trading away all of the young talent in the system is not the best idea if you want to build a franchise long-term. I mean, come on the Snakes are not the Yankees.

Scouting Report courtesy of Mike Rosenbaum: Martinez has a wiry frame at 6’1”, 160 pounds with electric arm strength; insanely quick arm generates plus-plus fastball in the upper 90s; usually sits in the 93-94 mph range; curveball represents a second plus-plus pitch, thrown with velocity, tight spin and late biting action; changeup is present but below average; feel should improve with experience; inconsistent three-quarters arm slot; body lacks physicality.

According to Rosenbaum, he projects a quality #2 or #3 starter but the risk is extreme.

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