Astros' Francis Martes: Struggles continue at Fresno
Martes (0-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out three over three innings for Triple-A Fresno on Sunday.
Martes, who was recently dropped to the organization's No. 2 prospect by Baseball America, is having a lot of trouble in the Pacific Coast League. While his control has been a problem all season long, he'd been able to prevent runs in his first two starts. That isn't the case any longer. He's been tattooed for 19 hits and 12 earned runs in his last three outings, spanning 9.2 innings. His ERA stands at an unsightly 5.68, and he's walked 19 batters in 19 innings. The big right-hander had been touted during spring training as someone who could help the big-league club in 2017, but there's little reason to believe that will be the case now.
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