After selecting Jarrett Martin but failing to sign him in the 2008 draft, the Orioles went after Martin again in 2009, this time signing him for $200,000.
Martin, 21, has undoubtedly good stuff, striking out 68 batters in 59.2 innings while holding them to a .204 batting average. He attacks hitters with a low 90’s fastball with some sink and run, which is backed up by two above-average secondaries in a curveball and changeup.
When you look at his stats, the only thing that jumps out in a bad way are the walks. Martin needs to find a more consistent release point in order to throw more strikes. His stuff is so dominating that he was able to find success despite the control problems (6.9 BB/9).
Martin didn’t pitch during his only year at junior college, so his season with the Bluefield Orioles was his first in more than 2 years. There’s still a lot of work to do here, but if Martin makes the necessary adjustments and brings the walk rate down by 2-3/9 innings, he could move up 30 spots on this list.