By Jerry Del Priore
In an effort to bolster their minor pitching depth, the New York Mets purchased the contract of former major leaguer Cody Martin from the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association, the T-Bones announced Saturday.
The Mets haven’t decided which minor level Martin will be sent to at the moment.
Martin, 28, has pitched parts of three seasons in MLB, with 2017 being his most recent stint, in which he appeared in one tilt for the Seattle Mariners. He also pitched in 20 games for AAA Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), posting a 0-2 record with a save and a 4.29 ERA in 56.2 innings of work.
Martin, a Dos Palos, California, native, also saw major league action with Seattle in 2016, going 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 25.2 frames in nine contests. In addition, the seventh round MLB amateur selection of the Atlanta Braves went 10-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 114.1 innings, striking out 114 hitters that same year with Tacoma.
Martin’s Triple-A numbers are solid, combining for a 3.66 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 467 2/3 frames.
The six-foot-three, 230-pound Gonzaga University product made his MLB debut on April 7th, 2015 for the Braves. Martin tossed two scoreless frames while whiffing four batters in a 12-2 Atlanta win over the Miami Marlins.
Martin recorded his first MLB victory on April 17th against the Toronto Blue Jays, working a scoreless seventh inning of relief in an 8-7 win for the Braves.