Draft Central

Ethan Martin (Credit: Aflac)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Ethan Martin
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Stephens County HS (Ga.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/07/08
Game(s):LaGrange Invitational

Focus Area
Fastball:Martin threw his fastball in the 91-96 mph range. He maintained the velocity, throwing 94 mph in the seventh inning.
Fastball movement:He had hard, four-seamer life.
Curve:He showed a consistently plus curve, a power breaking ball in the 79-82 mph range, that he used as a strikeout pitch to lefties and righties.
Splitter:He showed flashes of a plus split-fingered fastball, up to 84 mph, that worked as an out pitch as well.
Control:He was solid-average all night, at times above-average, filling up the strike zone with three pitches. He can throw his fastball for strikes to both sides of the plate.
Poise:He is super competitive on the mound.
Physical Description:He is big, strong, projectable -- the prototypical power pitcher.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:He's a big, strong power pitcher with three above-average to plus offerings.
Weaknesses:New on the radar as a pitching prospect, there's no history to draw on. Scouts will need to see how he bounces back throughout the season to be convinced.
Summary:He went from an interesting two-way player to an upper-echelon pitching prospect in one start. Showing three above-average pitches he can throw for strikes as well as the ability to maintain mid-90s velocity deep into a game, Martin was sure to be one of the most closely watched prep pitchers in the Draft class. He jumped on the screen with that one start; if he keeps it going, he'll move quickly up the charts.