After a rough night in Milwaukee the St. Louis Cardinals have made another move in hopes of stabilizing an inconsistent bullpen. Hard throwing right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez is following in the steps of Trevor Rosenthal and making the leap from AA to the major leagues. The 21-year native of the Dominican Republic was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in April 2010. He is rated as the 38th best prospect in baseball and the third top prospect in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America earlier this year.
Martinez was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in three starts for the Springfield Cardinals this season. He allowed three earned runs on 11 hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in 11.2 innings this season. Baseball America rated his fastball as the best pitch in his arsenal. It typically reaches 94-94 MPH and has reached 100 MPH on the gun on a few occasions. Martinez also boasts a plus-rated 12-6 curveball and a circle change up. The 6″0, 185 pounder has a career mark of 16-23 with a 2.74 ERA in 55 games, 54 of which were starts. He has already joined the club ahead of tonight’s game in Milwaukee and will wear #62 for the Cardinals.
In a corresponding move, St. Louis has optioned reliever Mitchell Boggs to AAA. His demotion comes less than 24 four hours after he issued a pair of walks on 13 pitches in his first appearance since April 28th. Boggs is 0-2 with a 12.66 ERA in 14 games this season for St. Louis. He has allowed 16 runs, 15 earned, on 17 hits while striking out 10 and issuing 12 walks in 10.2 innings this season.