Shane Victorino's departure created Ethan Martin's arrival in the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system last summer. More than a year after that non-waiver deadline trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, this hard-throwing right-hander may have found a new major league home.
No, the Georgia native hasn't been dealt again. Instead the Phillies' top brass recognized that his 'stuff' was a bit 'short' and have sent him to the bullpen.
Martin's first seven big league starts weren't terrible. Anyone who has seen him throw, or has stood in the box as his pitches sailed by, knows that 'stuff' isn't the problem.
A so-called power-arm needs to be backed by a repertoire that can fool batters for six, or more, innings every game. At this point in his burgeoning career, the 24-year-old isn't ready to start. However, his early-inning efforts might translate to middle-inning success.
Skipper Ryne Sandberg is using his interim managerial time to experiment with a roster that he seems likely to lead into next season and beyond. As of early September, this new diamond doctor has been given another young instrument that could provide some relief in the later frames for the foreseeable future.