Phillies Send Ethan Martin to the Bullpen
The Phillies have demoted Ethan Martin to the bullpen for the remainder of the season. Tyler Cloyd will take Martin's spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Martin, was acquired from the Dodgers last summer for outfielder Shane Victorino, has struck out over a batter per inning, but he holds a 6.90 ERA and 1.80 WHIP and simply wasn't pitching deep enough into games. He's plenty talented, striking out 34 hitters in 30 innings pitched over his first seven stats, but his 21 walks needs to significantly improve if he wants to succeed at the big league level.
This could be a good move foe both Martin and the Phillies, it will allow him to work on his command and give him a chance to stick in the Phillies bullpen in 2014. The team is desperate for a power, back-end of the rotation arm and Martin could fill that role with his big fastball - if he can locate it better.
The 15th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, has posted an underwhelming 4.12 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 107/67 K/BB ratio in 115 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley as a starter but maybe he will be better suited coming out of the bullpen.
Cloyd has put up a 3.57 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across 45 1/3 frames this season. He'll start next week against the Padres.