2012 Indians 10th round pick: RHP Josh Martin
By Jim Pete
June 5, 2012
With their 10th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft the Cleveland Indians selected RHP Josh Martin from Samford University.
Birthdate: Dec. 30, 1989--Height: 6'5"--Weight: 234--Bats: Right--Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Josh Martin is a 6'5" pitcher from Samford University. Last year he was a 25th round pick by the Pirates. He throws in the low 90's and throws a curve and a changeup. He has put up good numbers this year in 100 innings he has a 2.96 era, 1.3 WHIP, and 3:1 strike out to walk ratio. He has some wildness to his game with 9 balks and 7 wild pitches this year. He leaves Samford the schools career wins leader. He is an athlete as a former football player, and a very smart kid, who went to Samford on a full academic scholarship not athletic. He has graduated from Samford with a degree in sports medicine.
Jim Pete: Martin has great size, and seems to be durable, but has delivery issues. As Jeff mentioned, these delivery issues have certainly hurt his control. He's touching 93 right now, but I can certainly see the Indians seeing him as a project worth taking on with regards to size, and a potential velocity bump with a fix to the delivery. He went 12-1 last season, has a projectable fastball, curve and changeup.
Press release: Senior at Samford…Drafted in the 25th round in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Pirates…Named Louisville Slugger third team all-America in 2012…Martin went 12-2 w/a 3.35 ERA in 17 starts for Samford in 2012, finishing tied for the NCAA lead in wins…Samford career leader in wins w/24…Also named first-team All-Southern Conference…Posted a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 2.76 in 58.2 innings of the work as a junior in 2011.
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