The Phillies are calling up Ethan Martin to make his major league debut on Friday. The reports are Cliff Lee will not be ready to go and Martin represents the best option in the minors.
Martin was acquired for Shane Victorino at the 2012 trade deadline and was the 15th pick in the 2008 draft. So far this year in AAA he is 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA with 67 BBs and 107 Ks over 115.2 IP. He has pitched much better of late but walks are still an issue.
Martin will bring a fastball that sits plus velocity (93-95) but he can show plus plus when needed. The curveball has been a plus pitch in the past and can flash plus plus. The slider is an average pitch with potential. At this point the changeup is a dream and not a usable pitch. Martin has the stuff to dominate if he can keep the ball in the zone. If he loses feel for his secondary offerings he has the tendency to overthrow the fastball and lose his delivery.