Rays Sign J.D. Martin | The Process Report

Rays Sign J.D. Martin

The Rays have signed right-handed pitcher J.D. Martin to a minor-league deal, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.

A first-round pick in 2001, Martin spent parts of eight seasons in the Indians system before joining the Nationals, with whom he made 24 big-league starts. He pitched for the Marlins Triple-A squad last season, splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen. Martin’s best asset is impeccable control, as he’s walked fewer than two batters per nine innings in each of his four full seasons at the minors’ highest level. His most recent big-league appearances, back in 2010, saw him throw at least five pitches: an upper-80s fastball, a variety of breaking balls, and a changeup.

Martin figures to serve as organizational depth, though his location and role are presently indeterminable. The safe money would be on him joining the Durham rotation, but the Rays have a number of young starters in line for Triple-A assignments. Chris Archer, Alex Torres, Jake Odorizzi, and Alex Colome should start in Durham. The intrigue is whether Martin, Matt Buschmann, or someone else, like Mike Montgomery, takes the fifth spot.

The Rays also announced the re-signing of catcher slash coach Craig Albernaz, via team release, and that four minor leaguers will partake in big-league spring training: right-handed relievers Marquis Fleming and Kirby Yates, southpaw Adam Liberatore, and catcher Mark Thomas.

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