Joan Martinez Salem Red Sox Pitcher

Age: 22
Born: August 29, 1996
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Jan. 2016)
College: -
High School: -

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Pronunciation: YO-ahn
First Pro Contract: January 23, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Todd Claus & Michel DeJesus
Signing Bonus: $5,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Pro Debut: June 6, 2016 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB contract
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  Physical Description: Tall, sturdy pitchers frame. Heavier than listed. Thick lower half. Minimal remaining projection in lower half, but some in upper body.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot from the first base side. Very quick arm. High-effort, hard-to-repeat delivery with a lot of moving parts. Doesn’t effectively incorporate his lower half. Starts in the stretch with his hands set at his waist. Utilizes a medium leg kick and has a long arm swing behind before landing on a stiff front leg and falling off to the first base side. Will cut delivery off at times and doesn’t stay in line to the plate. Inconsistent release.

Fastball: 93-96 mph. Has reportedly topped out at 100 mph. Pitch has some life, but is on the straight side. Velocity has steadily increased since he signed. Sat 91-93 mph during 2016 Fall Instructional League and then was 93-95 mph during 2017 Spring Training. Has the velocity to overpower hitters in the low minors, but fringy command profile will be tested at higher levels. Has shown surprisingly good control given his high-effort delivery. Potential plus-plus offering with refined command and control.

Slider: 83-85 mph. Short, vertical break. Inconsistent release and shape. Doesn’t stay over the ball consistently. Will wrap ball and yank glove side. At its best, pitch with flash above-average potential with depth.

Splitter: 86-89 mph. Hard late tumble down in the zone when at its best. Will flash solid-average potential. Pitch is inconsistent, but has already shown significantly more potential than his changeup.
  Changeup: 90-93 mph. Looks like a fastball he takes something off of. Work in progress, lacks separation from fastball. Below-average potential. Seems to have scrapped the pitch in favor of a splitter as of Spring Training 2018.

Career Notes: Participated in Fall Instructional League in 2016 and 2018.

Summation: Signed late and still on the raw side, but shows the early makings of a very intriguing bullpen arm. Fastball has plus-plus velocity and if his slider or splitter take a step forward, has the potential to feature in a late inning role at the major league level. Significant gap between what he is now and his ceiling, with a lot of development remaining. One of the most interesting bullpen arms in the Red Sox low minors.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2016 DSL Red Sox SAL Rk Bos 19 1 2 0.333 1.88 18 0 9 28.2 17 7 6 1 8 26 0.87 3.25 8.16
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 20 0 2 0.000 1.56 11 0 1 17.1 12 5 3 0 1 13 0.92 13.00 6.75
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 1 0 1.000 0.60 8 0 1 15.0 7 1 1 0 5 18 0.80 3.60 10.80
  2018 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 2 2 0.500 5.19 28 0 2 50.1 47 29 29 6 36 54 1.65 1.50 9.66
    2019 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 23     stats                            
2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 23     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month (Aug/Sep 2017)   2017 All-Star
2018 Pre-Season All-Star

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