Sunday, January 1, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #30 Rodolfo Martinez

Rodolfo Martinez, RHP.  DOB:  4/4/1994.  6'2", 178 lbs.  International FA.

2016 A+:  1-1, 0.88, 30.2 IP, 2.93 BB%, 9.68 K%, 21 Saves.
2016 AA:  0-3, 6.65, 23 IP, 5.87 BB%, 6.65 K%, 3 Saves.
2016 AFL:  0-0, 27.00, 3 IP, 18 BB/9, 6 K/9.

2016 was a tale of two seasons for Rodolfo Martinez.  He dominated the California League as the Closer for the San Jose Giants.  He was promoted to AA Richmond, usually a more pitching-friendly environment, and the wheels almost immediately fell off.  His BB/9 ballooned, his K/9 cratered, he got shelled with regularity.  A postseason AFL assignment did not go any better and he was shut down after just 3 IP.  His FB, which regularly reached triple digits for San Jose, was reportedly down to the low 90's in the AFL.  Gotta think he may be sitting on an injury or else something went way off the rails with his mechanics.  We'll see which Rodolfo shows up and where in 2017 if he shows up at all.  The ceiling is still there, though.

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