Back in 2016, the New York Yankees selected Nolan Martinez in the Third Round of the MLB Draft out of Culver City High School in California. It’s only been less than two years, but there isn’t as much hype around that selected compared to the First Round pick (Blake Rutherford) and Second Round pick (Nick Solak) from that draft.
In the two years, he’s been with the Yankees, the now 19-year-old right-hander has appeared in nine games and has a 1.74 ERA along with 17 strikeouts to seven walks in 20.2 innings.
After signing with the Yankees for a $1.15 million bonus in 2016, Martinez appeared in three games for the Gulf Coast League East Yankees. He never pitched more than three innings in a start, had four walks, and three strikeouts in seven innings.
As for his 2017 season, Martinez didn’t pitch in a game till July 18 because of a shoulder injury. In an interview with Josh Norris from Baseball America back in August, he talked about the injuries that he had:
“IT WAS A ROTATOR CUFF, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WHEN IT COMES TO PITCHING BESIDES THE LABRUM,” SAID MARTINEZ
Martinez made his 2017 debut on July 18 with the GCL West Yankees and made a relief appearance before joining the rotation. In his next four starts, he allowed only one earned run. His best start with the team was on August 21 against the other Yankees team when he threw three perfect innings and struck out five.
Now, Martinez did get to go to Rookie Level Pulaski for one outing (August 27). In that start against the Burlington Royals, he threw four shutout innings, allowed two hits, and struck out two. Despite allowing an extra-base hit, most of his outs came via the groundout (five) compared to the flyout (three).