Joan Martinez Portland Sea Dogs Pitcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: August 29, 1996
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Jan. 2016)
College: -
High School: -

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Joan Martnez photos by Kelly O'Connor
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 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
   
Pro Debut: June 6, 2016 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
   
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  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Tall, sturdy pitcher's frame. Heavier than listed. Thick lower half. Minimal remaining projection.

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. Does not 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 struggles to stay in line to the plate. Inconsistent release.

Fastball: 94-97 mph. Has reportedly topped out at 100 mph. Lacks life, 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 well-below average command profile will be tested at higher levels. Pitch can miss bats, but command and control have a long way to go. Plus-to-better velocity, but pitch plays closer to above-average due to lack of command and life.

Slider: 84-87 mph. Short, hard 10-to-4 break. Inconsistent release and shape. Struggles to consistently stay over the ball and land it for strikes. Will wrap the ball and yank glove side. At its best, pitch with flash average potential with depth.
  Splitter: 87-89 mph. Hard late tumble down in the zone when at its best. Pitch is inconsistent, but has already shown more potential than his changeup. Will flash average potential, but lacks consistency.

Changeup:
Scrapped in favor of the splitter in 2018. Was 90-93 mph. Looked like a fastball he takes something off of. Work in progress, lacked separation from fastball. Had below-average potential.

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

Summation: Projects as a mid-minors depth arm. Ceiling of a Triple-A organizational reliever. Fastball shows impressive velocity, but lacks command and needs either his slider or splitter to take a step forward. Significant gap between what he is now and he could be if he can ever learn to harness his stuff and locate it.

Links
Scouting Scratch (10.4.16)
Notes from the Field (3.17.17)
Notes from the Field (4.11.17)
Scouting Scratch (08.11.17) 
Notes from the Field (4.12.18)
Scouting Scratch (10.18.2018)
 
   
     
    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 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 23 0 0 --- 6.75 2 0 0 2.2 0 2 2 0 3 4 1.13 1.33 13.50
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 23 4 4 0.500 3.88 29 0 1 48.2 42 28 21 4 28 58 1.44 2.07 10.73
  2019 Aguilas LIDOM Wint --- 23 0 0 --- 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.00 0.00 0.00
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 24 ---  --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
    2021 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
2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 25     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month (Aug/Sep 2017)   2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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