J.D. Martin Named IL Pitcher of the Week

Veteran Starter Leads League with 9 Wins

By Durham Bulls | June 17, 2013 6:45 AM ET

Durham Bulls starter J.D. Martin has been named International League Pitcher of the Week for the period from June 10 - 16. Martin, who leads the League with 9 victories, becomes the fifth Bull to take home an IL weekly award this season (Belnome, Odorizzi, Colome, Myers) which is a League-high. Syracuse's Zach Walters was named IL Batter of the Week.

Bulls right-hander J.D. Martin won twice last week, defeating Louisville on Monday before knocking off Indianapolis yesterday to pick up his League-leading ninth victory of the season. Martin worked his first scoreless outing of 2013 against the Bats, tossing 6.2 innings of shutout baseball as Durham cruised to a 5-2 win. 5-2 was also the score in Sunday's tilt as Martin avenged a June 5 loss to the Tribe in Indianapolis. A two-run 2nd inning homer by Andrew Lambo was Martin's only blemish during a 7.0 inning, four-hit, six-strikeout performance. Martin is now 4th in the International League with 84.0 innings pitched this season.

A native of Ridgecrest, CA, Martin has anchored a Durham rotation that has seen four of its starters called up to the Majors this season. The 30-year-old is in his first season in the Tampa Bay organization after signing as a free agent this January. He is a veteran of 24 starts in the major leagues, having all come with the Nationals between 2009 and 2010.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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