Weekend Update: So Long J.D.
- Right-handed minor league free agent pitcher J.D. Martin has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. The signing ends his eight year career in Cleveland that started with so much promise when he was taken in the first round of the 2001 Draft, but was often sidetracked with injuries throughout his time with the Indians. In those eight seasons, Martin compiled a career record of 53-28 with a 3.50 ERA in 147 games (119 starts) and in 656 innings allowed 603 hits, 180 walks and had 565 strikeouts. Martin was rostered after the 2006 season, but the writing was on the wall after he was removed from the 40-man roster last December. He re-signed and stayed on for one more season and had an excellent year in 2008 going a combined 12-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 35 games (9 starts) at Akron and Buffalo. With the depth in the Indians upper levels with starting pitching and particularly right-handed relievers, Martin moved on to an organization where he has a better chance of getting to the big leagues and he should get that opportunity in Washington. He joins first baseman Matt Whitney who also signed with Washington about two weeks ago. I hate to see him go, but I wish J.D. well and lots of luck with his new team and look forward to him making his major league debut soon.
Also, I have some news on my 2009 Indians Prospect Book which I will share in more detail on Monday, but the 2009 scouting reports should be showing up on this site very soon and the book should be available soon as well.