J. D. Martin
Martin with the Washington Nationals
Free agent
Born: (1983-01-02) January 2, 1983 (age 38)
Ridgecrest, California
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 2009, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through 2010 season)
Win–loss record6–9
Earned run average4.32
Career highlights and awards

John Dale Martin (born January 2, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals and in the KBO League for the Samsung Lions.

Martin is described as "a strike-thrower with a below average fastball who lives off of his changeup."[1] His "fastball clocks in the high-80s, at best, but he locates it well while mixing in a cutter and changeup."[2]

Professional career

Cleveland Indians

Martin was a first round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2001 Major League Baseball draft and played for the Indians' organization for eight years.[1][2] He suffered injuries, and in 2005 he underwent Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss the second half of '05 and first half of 2006.[3][4] In 2008, he spent his last season in the Indians organization with their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.

Washington Nationals

On November 24, 2008, Martin signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent.[5] In the first half of 2009, he went 8–3 in 15 starts with a 2.66 ERA for the Triple-A International League Syracuse Chiefs, recording 63 strikeouts and 10 walks.[6]

On July 19, 2009, Martin was called up to replace injured pitcher Scott Olsen.[6][7] On July 20 he made his major league debut, starting for the Nationals against the New York Mets. He pitched four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, with one strikeout and no walks.[8]

On August 9, 2009, Martin earned his first major league win as he pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits. The Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9–2 in Martin's fifth start.[9][10] He ended the season with a 5–4 record, 37 strikeouts, 24 walks, and a 4.44 earned run average in 15 starts.[11]

After the 2010 season, Martin was given his outright release, then signed a minor league contract with Washington.[12] He spent the 2011 season in Syracuse, where he pitched in 30 games, including 14 starts, and posted an ERA of 3.93.[13]

Miami Marlins

In December 2011, Martin signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

Tampa Bay Rays

On January 10, 2013, Martin signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[14] He spent the 2013 season starting for the Triple-A Durham Bulls. Martin's contract was selected by the Rays on September 22, 2013.[15] He was designated for assignment the next day without appearing in a game.

Samsung Lions

Martin spent 2014 with the Samsung Lions of Korea Professional Baseball.

Chicago White Sox

Martin signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox on January 22, 2015.[16]

Lancaster Barnstormers

On April 1, 2016, Martin signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He was released on May 31, 2016.

Second Stint with Nationals

On June 9, 2016, Martin signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. Taking advice from years earlier from then-Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams, Martin began throwing a knuckleball. He joined the Potomac Nationals and made his first start in the Carolina League in ten years on August 14 against Frederick.[17] He was released on July 9, 2017.

Second stint with Rays

On February 14, 2018, Martin signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.[18] He elected free agency on November 2, 2018.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On February 7, 2019, Martin signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[19]


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  2. ^ a b Selig, Mark (2009-07-19). "Martin latest Nats hurler to make debut: Washington (26-65) vs. New York (43-47), 7:05 p.m. ET". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  3. ^ Hill, Justice B. (2005-07-15). "Notes: Next 10 days pivotal: Shapiro wading through talks as deadline approaches". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  4. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (2007-03-13). "Martin aims to remain healthy: Right-hander making solid recovery from Tommy John surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  5. ^ McElroy, Pete (July 9, 2009). "Minor League notes". MASNsports. Archived from the original on July 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  6. ^ a b Harlan, Chico (2009-07-19). "He's A Kid Who's Had To Scratch And Claw For Everything". Nationals Journal. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  7. ^ Ladson, Bill (2009-07-19). "Scott Olsen to Go on DL; J.D. Martin to Be Called Up". All Nats All the Time: MLBlogs Network. Retrieved 2009-07-19.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Boxscore: NY Mets vs. Washington – July 20, 2009". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  9. ^ Ladson, Bill (2009-08-09). "Red-Hot Nationals Run Win Streak to Eight: Bats Connect on 16 Hits to Complete Sweep of D-backs". Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  10. ^ "Boxscore: Arizona vs. Washington – August 9, 2009". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  11. ^ "J.D. Martin". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  12. ^ Kilgore, Adam (2011-02-04). "Nationals sign three to minor league deals, invite four to spring training". Nationals Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
  13. ^ "J.D. Martin Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
  14. ^ Twitter / eddymk: #Rays sign RHP J.D. Martin
  15. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130922&content_id=61382514&notebook_id=61382740&vkey=notebook_tb&c_id=tb
  16. ^ "Soto, Penny get minors deals". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  17. ^ Kerr, Byron. "Former Nats starter J.D. Martin is back, this time as a knuckleball pitcher". MASNSports.com.
  18. ^ Pollshuk, Mark (February 14, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 2/14/18". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  19. ^ Adams, Steve (February 7, 2019). "Minor MLB Transactions: 2/7/19". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved February 7, 2019.