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2012 Indians 10th round pick: RHP Josh Martin

2012 Indians 10th round pick: RHP Josh Martin
June 5, 2012
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With their 10th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft the Cleveland Indians selected RHP Josh Martin from Samford University.

Birthdate: Dec. 30, 1989--Height: 6'5"--Weight: 234--Bats: Right--Throws: Right

Jeff Ellis: Josh Martin is a 6'5" pitcher from Samford University.  Last year he was a 25th round pick by the Pirates.  He throws in the low 90's and throws a curve and a changeup. He has put up good numbers this year in 100 innings he has a 2.96 era, 1.3 WHIP, and 3:1 strike out to walk ratio.  He has some wildness to his game with 9 balks and 7 wild pitches this year.  He leaves Samford the schools career wins leader. He is an athlete as a former football player, and a very smart kid, who went to Samford on a full academic scholarship not athletic. He has graduated from Samford with a  degree in sports medicine.

Jim Pete: Martin has great size, and seems to be durable, but has delivery issues. As Jeff mentioned, these delivery issues have certainly hurt his control. He's touching 93 right now, but I can certainly see the Indians seeing him as a project worth taking on with regards to size, and a potential velocity bump with a fix to the delivery. He went 12-1 last season, has a projectable fastball, curve and changeup.

Press release: Senior at Samford…Drafted in the 25th round in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Pirates…Named Louisville Slugger third team all-America in 2012…Martin went 12-2 w/a 3.35 ERA in 17 starts for Samford in 2012, finishing tied for the NCAA lead in wins…Samford career leader in wins w/24…Also named first-team All-Southern Conference…Posted a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 2.76 in 58.2 innings of the work as a junior in 2011.

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Jim is currently the senior editor and Columnist, as well as  the host of IBI's weekly online radio shows, Smoke Signals and Cleveland Sports Insiders. You can follow Jim on Twitter @Jim_IBI, or contact him via e-mail at jpete@indiansprospectinsider.com.

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