Pelicans’ Martinez Carolina League Pitcher of the Week

pel-martinezpowIn conjunction with Minor League Baseball, the Carolina League announced its Players of the Week on Monday, naming Myrtle Beach Pelicans right-handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez the winner for the week of July 27-August 2.

A Carolina League midseason All-Star, Martinez pitched his way to his second career Pitcher of the Week honor after firing an eight-inning, three-hit shutout against the Potomac Nationals in a 4-3 win at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark on July 28. It was one year to the day after he became a member of the Chicago Cubs organization.

Martinez, 21, ranks seventh in the Carolina League with a 3.10 ERA in 93.0 innings of work on the mound this year. A fly-ball pitcher, Martinez has allowed 10 home runs this season, but he also carries the lowest WHIP (0.98), lowest opponents’ batting average (.214) for a starting pitcher, and he allows the fewest baserunners for any starter in the circuit. His 3.10 ERA is the sixth-lowest among all Cubs minor leaguers.

On July 28, the Pelicans maintained a 4-0 lead against Potomac after eight innings, but the Nationals mounted a two-out rally and scored three runs in the top of the ninth. With the tying run at third base, reliever David Berg nailed down a save and secured the win for Myrtle Beach and Martinez, his seventh of the year. The victory led the Pelicans to their third in a row as part of a six-game win-streak, and Martinez’s eight-frame effort set a new career-high.

The award is Martinez’s first weekly Pitcher Player of the Week honor this season. His eight-innings were the most pitched by any Carolina League starter during the week. He first won Pitcher of the Week as a member of the Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League for the week of June 16-22. That same week, former Pelicans first baseman Jacob Rogers won Offensive Player of the Week for the Kane County Cougars.

Martinez is in his fifth professional season, and 2015 is his first full campaign in the Chicago Cubs system. A right-handed native of Maracay, Venezuela, the Los Angeles Dodgers originally signed the six-foot, one-inch right-hander as a non-drafted free agent on May 11, 2011. The Cubs then acquired Martinez in a trade for infielder Darwin Barney on July 28, 2014.

Although not currently ranked among the Cubs top 30 prospects, Martinez was ranked No. 15 among Dodgers prospects by MLB.com entering the 2013 season.

Martinez is the second Pelicans pitcher to earn Pitcher of the Week honors, joining Tyler Skulina, who won the award for the week of April 27-May 3

Three Pelicans hitters have been named Offensive Player of the Week this season, including Mark Zagunis, Kevin Brown, and Billy McKinney.

The Pelicans had a player named Offensive Player of the Week six times last season (Joey Gallo, three times; Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Ryan Cordell).

Lynchburg’s Dorssys Paulino was named the Offensive Player of the Week this week.

The Pelicans return home to begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday, starting with a three-game series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:05 p.m. ET.

– Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

Comments

comments

Dash deals Pelicans third straight defeat in opener

Dash deals Pelicans third straight defeat in openerThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blanked 6-0 by the Winston-Salem [more]

Wild finish halts Mutiny's season in regional semis

Wild finish halts Mutiny's season in regional semisThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny's season come to a close in [more]

Kelly is lone Chanticleer on All-Sun Belt preseason list

Kelly is lone Chanticleer on All-Sun Belt preseason listCoastal Carolina sophomore Silas Kelly was named preseason All-Sun Belt [more]

Coastal football picked to finish last in Sun Belt East

Coastal football picked to finish last in Sun Belt EastThe Sun Belt Conference released the results of its preseason [more]

Sellout crowd sees P-Nats deal Pelicans another loss

Sellout crowd sees P-Nats deal Pelicans another lossJared Young blasted a home run Thursday, but the Myrtle [more]

Coastal's Ellis earns honor from first college program

Coastal's Ellis earns honor from first college programForty-four years after taking his first college job at Cumberland [more]

P-Nats preempt Pelicans' winning streak in opener

P-Nats preempt Pelicans' winning streak in openerThe Potomac Nationals ended the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' six-game winning [more]

Coastal's Schnall named among top D1 assistants

Coastal's Schnall named among top D1 assistantsCoastal Carolina associate head baseball coach Kevin Schnall was named [more]

From MB to Majors: 20th Anniversary Pelicans Team

From MB to Majors: 20th Anniversary Pelicans Team In 20 seasons of Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball, more than [more]

Pelicans shut out Woodies, return home on hot streak

Pelicans shut out Woodies, return home on hot streakAlex Lange fired five shutout innings and Yeiler Peguero added [more]

Local hoops team claims second crown this week

Local hoops team claims second crown this weekApparently one tournament championship this week wasn't enough for Big [more]

Mutiny enters playoffs on seven-game unbeaten run

Mutiny enters playoffs on seven-game unbeaten runThe South Atlantic champion Myrtle Beach Mutiny wrapped up the [more]

Pelicans ride long ball to fifth consecutive victory

Pelicans ride long ball to fifth consecutive victoryThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans blasted a season-best three home runs [more]

Hudson tosses Pelicans to fourth consecutive victory

Hudson tosses Pelicans to fourth consecutive victoryBryan Hudson was brilliant for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on [more]

MB's Vaugh runs the table, wins SC Junior Match Play

MB's Vaugh runs the table, wins SC Junior Match PlayDespite qualifying in the middle of the pack for this [more]

Pelicans slam door on Wood Ducks in opener

Pelicans slam door on Wood Ducks in openerWith the bases loaded and one out in the bottom [more]

Mutiny tops Tobacco Road to defend division crown

Mutiny tops Tobacco Road to defend division crownThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny had a golden opportunity to clinch [more]

Promoted ace Lacy makes strong debut for Pelicans

Promoted ace Lacy makes strong debut for PelicansRollie Lacy was brilliant on the hill in his Myrtle [more]

Strand team holds home court, wins national title

Strand team holds home court, wins national titleA basketball team made up predominately of Horry County players [more]

CCU's Chavers nets fourth Freshman All-American nod

CCU's Chavers nets fourth Freshman All-American nodCoastal Carolina centerfielder Parker Chavers was named second team Freshman [more]

Five local athletes qualify for National Junior Olympics

Five local athletes qualify for National Junior OlympicsFive members of the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club [more]

Pelicans' batters break out wood on Woodstock Night

Pelicans' batters break out wood on Woodstock NightP.J. Higgins notched four hits, including a three-run home run, [more]

Pelicans open homestand with 3-1 loss to Mudcats

Pelicans open homestand with 3-1 loss to MudcatsThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 3-1 on Monday night in [more]

Pelicans lose four leads to fall in extras, return home

Pelicans lose four leads to fall in extras, return homeThe Buies Creek Astros tied the game four separate times [more]

Horry Post 111 opens run for AL state championship

Horry Post 111 opens run for AL state championshipHorry Post 111 will begin its quest for an American [more]

Dash deals Pelicans third straight defeat in opener

Dash deals Pelicans third straight defeat in openerThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were blanked 6-0 by the Winston-Salem [more]

Wild finish halts Mutiny's season in regional semis

Wild finish halts Mutiny's season in regional semisThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny's season come to a close in [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach