Martin threw 4.1 scoreless innings in relief Thursday against the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City. He struck out six while allowing a hit and two walks.
Most of Martin's appearances have come as a starter, but this was a planned relief appearance. Through 20.1 innings so far with Triple-A Round Rock he has a 1.33 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, with a 25:10 K:BB.
Martin struck out six and walked three without allowing a hit in four scoreless innings Tuesday against the Pirates.
Martin drew raves from manager AJ Hinch, who thinks the young right-hander could pitch in Houston this season, Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press reports. "I love him," Hinch said. "I love what he can offer as a pitcher. He's got a lot of characteristics that we see in major league starters and that's exciting to see." The 23-year-old Martin went 7-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 21 games (18 starts) at Double-A Corpus Christi in 2018 and is expected to open this season at Triple-A Round Rock.
Martin was sent to minor-league camp Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Martin got to open camp with the big leaguers but was never expected to open the regular season with the team. After posting a 2.97 ERA at the Double-A level last year, he'll likely head to Triple-A Round Rock and could earn a callup at some point later in the year.
Martin entered Sunday's game in the third inning and allowed one run on three hits while striking out one over two innings.
Manager A.J. Hinch challenged the 23-year-old right-hander by having him face the most advanced hitters possible in his first taste of major-league camp. Martin complemented his mid-90s heater with an array of offspeed offerings. One of them was a lazy, elevated changeup that was crushed for a home run -- the only run Martin allowed. He fared well in 122 innings last season, 103 of which came in 18 starts at Double-A Corpus Christi. The 2017 second-round draft pick should see Triple-A Round Rock early in 2019, putting him on the cusp of helping the Astros during the regular season should the need arise.
Martin quickly received a promotion after starting the season at High-A Buies Creek, and posted a 2.97 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 96:28 K:BB over 103 innings with Double-A Corpus Christi. The 22-year-old seems like a longshot to make the Astros' Opening Day roster though a promotion to Triple-A at some point in 2019 wouldn't be surprising.
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