Martin only had one start en route to being named "Pitcher of the Week", however it was one of the most dominate performances in the league this season. The Salem Red Sox were in town when Martin put on his masterful pitching performance. He went the distance in a nine inning, complete game, shutout. Martin allowed just two hits, walked one and baffled the Sox with five dazzling pitches that led to 14 whiffs.
Currently, Martin leads the league with 10 wins, is third in ERA (2.80), second in strikeouts (101) and first among active CL pitchers in Strikeouts per 9 (10.33). Opponents are hitting just .229 this season versus Martin; that average is third best among all pitchers in the CL.
The 22-year-old is in his first full season in professional baseball after being drafted in the 7th round in 2011 out of Gonzaga University. Martin was the ERA champion in his senior season at Gonzaga registering a 0.86 ERA in 25 appearances (one start). Last season between Danville in the Appalachian League and Rome in the South Atlantic League, Martin went 1-0 with 1.48 ERA in 22 games. He allowed 18 hits and four earned runs in 24.1innings. He also struck out 35 and walked four. Because of that performance, Martin was named an Organizational All-Star by MiLB.com. Before this season, Martin never started a game in professional baseball.