SHAIRON MARTIS
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: March 30, 1987
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: International Free Agent, 2004 (Giants)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
Country: Curacao
Agent: Metis Sports Management

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Martis was considered a good prospect with both the Giants and Nationals, although he’s never had overwhelming stuff.  He throws the standard four pitches, including a fastball that ranges from 89-94 mph.  The Nationals called him up to the majors a little prematurely and it may have set him back some.  He’s generally avoided walks, but has mostly had a low K rate.  The Pirates signed him in November 2011.

2005
R:  2-1-1, 1.85 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 34.0 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 13.2 K/9

Martis had a very good US debut, with an extremely high K rate.

2006
A (SF):  6-4-0, 3.64 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 76.2 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 7.7 K/9
A (Wash):  1-1-0, 3.80 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 21.1 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 5.9 K/9
A+ (Wash):  0-2-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 12.0 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 5.2 K/9
AA (Wash):  0-1-0, 12.60 ERA, 2.20 WHIP, 5.0 IP, 5.4 BB/9, 1.8 K/9

Martis pitched well as a starter in low A for the Giants, until they traded him to the Nationals in late July.  The Nationals moved him all the way up to AA.  He avoided walks but didn’t strike out a great many batters.  He allowed only five HRs total until he got to AA, where he allowed four in five innings.

2007
A+:  14-8-0, 4.23 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 151.0 IP, 3.1 BB/9, 6.4 K/9

Spent the entire season in high A.  His ERA wasn’t as good as some of his other numbers, except his walk rate, which was low.  He turned 20 just before the season started, so for his age it was a good showing.

2008
AA:  4-4-0, 3.98 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 74.2 IP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.9 K/9
AAA:  1-2-0, 3.02 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 41.2 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 9.1 K/9

MLB:  1-3-0, 5.66 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 20.2 IP, 5.2 BB/9, 10.0 K/9

Martis pitched decently at age 21 in AA, then pitched better after a late promotion to AAA.  He held his own in a September callup.

2009
AAA:  4-4-0, 4.96 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 74.1 IP, 2.2 BB/9, 4.8 K/9
MLB:  5-3-0, 5.25 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 85.2 IP, 4.1 BB/9, 3.6 K/9

Martis opened the season in the Nationals’ rotation, making 15 starts before they sent him down in late June.  He didn’t pitch especially well in the majors, striking out fewer than he walked and having modest gopher problems, allowing 11.  He didn’t pitch very well after going back to AAA, either.

2010
AAA:  8-7-0, 4.09 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 152.0 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 5.9 K/9

Martis went back to AAA and had a mediocre season, with a still-low K rate.

2011
AA:  8-6-0, 3.05 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 133.0 IP, 2.6 BB/9, 9.9 K/9

The Nationals met with Marte before the season started and told him to get in better shape.  They then kept him in extended spring training early in the season before sending him to AA.  He pitched very well there, including a good K rate for the first time since early in his career.  He pitched at 24, so his age wasn’t completely inappropriate for the level.

Martis will probably provide AAA depth for the Pirates.  It’s not unlikely that he could end up in the majors with them, at least briefly.  He’s riskier than somebody like Brian Burres, but also has more upside.  He started the season at Indianapolis, but in the bullpen.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Majors
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MLB.com
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2009: $400,000
2012: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2005
MLB Debut: 9/4/2008
MiLB FA Eligible: 2012
MLB FA Eligible: 2018
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: July 19, 2007
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2009, 2010)
MLB Service Time: 0.113
TRANSACTIONS
February 10, 2004: Signed as an international free agent by the San Francisco Giants.
July 28, 2006: Traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Washington Nationals for Mike Stanton.
September 1, 2008: Contract purchased by the Washington Nationals.
January 24, 2011: Designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals; outrighted to AAA on February 2.
November 2, 2011: Became a free agent.
November 22, 2011: Signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.