Rays Add J.D. Martin To Roster | The Process Report

Rays Add J.D. Martin To Roster

The 40-man roster spot opened by the trade of Frank De Los Santos will not go to Jesse Crain; at least not yet. While the Rays wait to activate the all-star reliever, right-hander J.D. Martin was added to the roster.
Martin, signed as a minor-league free agent this winter, anchored a Durham Bulls’ rotation that helped capture the International League championship. He was named IL pitcher of the year and etched his name several times into the Bulls’ record books. The 30-year-old is no stranger to the big leagues, having 24 games for the Washington Nationals in 2009 and 2010, but has not been in the majors since.
A crafty righty, Martin tops out in the mid-80s with his fastball. He accompanies the “heater” with a cutter, changeup, and curveball. The old sage is an extreme control freak (26 walks in 160 innings this year) and relies on feel more than flash.
Making back to the majors is an accomplishment in itself, but Martin’s time with the Rays may be short lived. Friday’s marathon contest left the Rays scrambling for coverage which is why Martin and Enny Romero were added to the roster this weekend. Romero gets the start this afternoon with Martin likely serving as his handcuff should the young lefty struggle. Past Sunday, the duration of his stay likely depends on the health of Crain’s right shoulder.