Throughout the month of September, we have hosted various polls on Pinstriped Prospects so that our readers may help us name the top players throughout the system during the 2018 season. The fans have spoken and named right-handed pitcher Nolan Martinez the 2018 Pinstriped Prospects Comeback Player of the Year.
Martinez, 20, beat out Nelson Gomez, Mandy Alvarez, Brooks Kriske, and Clarke Schmidt with 52% of the total votes. The young pitcher returned during the 2018 season after missing a large portion of the 2017 season with an injury.
He returned to action with the Staten Island Yankees, where he was 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in eight games, five starts, striking out 26 batters over 36 2/3 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .172 against him before he was promoted to the Charleston RiverDogs on August 6, 2018.
With the RiverDogs he was 0-4 with a 6.48 ERA in five games with 15 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched. Between both levels, he was 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 games, 10 starts, and a career high of 61 2/3 innings pitched and batters hitting just .211 against him.
On August 2 he struck out a career-high seven batters in five innings of work against the Connecticut Tigers, the performance earned him a nod as the NY-Penn League Player of the Week.