A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic who has been with the Texas Rangers for four years now, right-handed pitching prospect Greidy Martinez is at an interesting crossroads in his career after the 2017 season: already 23 years old (DOB: April 2, 1994), Martinez got a late start, and he’s far behind his age-appropriate peers since he only just reached the Arizona League in 2017. And yet when age and league context are removed, the righty has an interesting middle relief profile with three workable pitches that could point towards success at far higher levels… if only he can prove himself and move quickly over the next couple years.
With the AZL Rangers this year, Greidy Martinez appeared in 13 games in relief, and finished 2-1 with four saves and a 1.59 ERA over 17.0 innings, where he allowed 18 hits (9.5 H/9) and four walks (2.1 BB/9) against 23 strikeouts (12.2 K/9). Maybe that’s expected, considering he was more than two years older than the average AZL prospect this summer, but Martinez does show remarkably good feel for an interesting arsenal and shouldn’t be discounted on age alone. Below is our full Greidy Martinez scouting report, including game video of the Texas Rangers prospect in action, tool grades, pitch notes, and some discussion on his ultimate projection from this unique point.
Greidy Martinez Scouting Report, Texas Rangers — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: August 8; August 12
Greidy Martinez Scouting Report — Texas Rangers — 2017 Game Video
Greidy Martinez Scouting Report — Notes & Analysis
Greidy Martinez wasn’t on my radar when I arrived at the Arizona League this summer, so he was a nice surprise the couple times I saw him pitch in August for the rookie affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The second surprise came, then, when I looked him up afterwards and saw he was 23 years old pitching in the AZL. That’s… less than ideal. Unfortunately, that’ll limit Martinez’s ultimate projection even though his arsenal and relief profile are both surprisingly solid. He’s got ample room to grow into his body with some natural arm strength and two interesting off-speed pitches at this point, and that combo should push him into a standard middle relief/low set-up role were he with age-appropriate competition. That he’s played four seasons of pro ball and has yet to reach a full-season level, though, remains the issue.
Pretty clearly popular with teammates and Texas Rangers staffers even in my limited looks in the AZL, Greidy Martinez seems like an easy guy to root for considering the long odds and his unique circumstance. To be fair, he still has a chance to move quickly considering relievers don’t need as much development at each level, so it’s not out of the question that he could work through Low-A and High-A in 2018, though that’s still a tall task. Either way, his splitter/slider look is advanced enough that I took serious notice this summer, and further development of it over the next few years could make Martinez into an interesting arm. Who knows — perhaps this is another case like that of Eric Filia.
Greidy Martinez Scouting Report — Future Projection
Time is not on Martinez’s side. The righty must move quickly into full-season ball if he’s to have any hope of making a legitimate big league impact a few years from now, and considering his slow pace the last four years, that’s probably not likely. It’ll be a victory if he’s farmed out to Low-A Hickory to begin 2018, and if he can pitch well there and spend the second half at High-A Down East, he’d be far more on track considering his age (he’ll be 24 at the start of April). As I said above, that’s a tall task, but it is doable in a relief role and perhaps somewhat likely considering Martinez’s relatively advanced arsenal.
Long term, it’s far more likely Greidy Martinez becomes an organizational depth piece for the Texas Rangers — and later, a six-year minor league free agent — but I did put a 40 FV on him if only to represent a ceiling should it all come together. I really like his stuff, and his whole look coming out of the bullpen, and even though it’s unlikely, there’s some natural ability here that I’m not ready to completely discount yet. Against all odds, if Greidy Martinez gets it together and the Texas Rangers move him quickly, it’ll be one hell of a story. If not… it’s organizational depth.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Middle relief (6th/7th inning) ceiling thanks to intriguing arsenal; age and lack of development may well keep him as organizational depth (40)
MLB ETA: 2021
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