Phillies Tab Martin to Start Friday

Ethan Martin, brought to Philadelphia in the Shane Victorino-to-LA trade last summer, will make his major league debut on Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Martin was named the #3 prospect in the Phillies organization prior to the 2013 season by our minor league expert, Jay Floyd.

Martin, 24, has had a solid year at Lehigh Valley going 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts.  In 115 2/3 innings, Martin has given up 94 hits while striking out 107 and walking 67. The scouting report on Martin is that he’s a hard thrower at 6-2, 195. However, I’ve read/heard his fastball lacks a little movement, although his slider is pretty far along.

This could also mean Cliff Lee is not ready to start as he’s been dealing with a stiff neck. Lee’s ailment is not considered serious.

Here is an interview Ian did with Ethan just prior to the 2013 season:



  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I posted in another thread that I would like to see done of the young starters brought up to pitch, which is a good thing since the Phillies are pretty much out of it…but against the Braves?! Damn, Ruben! That’s a baptism by fire!

    • Mike

      August 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      You never know with the Braves K or HR offense. Maybe Martin could make them go on one of their cold streaks again.

    • George

      August 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Sometimes scheduling gets in the way of what team you want a rookie to face. The Braves a difficult lineup, but also one that strikes out a lot. Just be glad Martin isn’t facing the Tigers or Cards in his first start.

    • Alex M.

      August 2, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Actually Martin is from Athens, GA so he is going up against his hometown team which is cool for him. I would have prefered to see Greg Smith get a shot, in eight starts this season for LHV he is 5-0 with a 0.75 ERA and only 8 walks in almost 50 innings. Now he is not a prospect at age 30, but that kind of performance really deserves a call up.

  2. Hogey's Role

    August 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Excited to see this kid pitch…

  3. PhiLee fan

    August 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Glad I paid $70 to see a minor league pitcher start.

  4. Myke

    August 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    You mean you paid for a 2013 Phillies ticket? Woof.

  5. Adam

    August 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    What part of a 4.12 era and 1.4 WHIP counts as solid?

    • Alex M.

      August 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Those numbers are not great, but in his last 10 starts he as been much better posting a record of 6-3 with an ERA of 2.80. Not to mention he is also on the 40 man roster so it made sense to give the kid a shot. He throws really hard getting his fastball up to around 97 mph and he has a good breaking ball. His command is the issue, but he is a very good young pitcher and he deserves a shot. Who else would you rather have start? Valdes, Cloyd or Martin? I think Martin deserves his shot, we need to see what he has because if he cannot make it as a starter they need to work on transitioning him to the pen.

  6. mary pat

    August 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Seriously, could this season get any worse?? This is actually making 2012 look good.

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