During his college career, Martin alternated inconsistency with flashes of dominance while shuttling between roles at Texas A&M with dominating as a reliever in summer leagues. He flashed first-round stuff at times but was available to the Astros in the second round of the 2017 Draft with a pick they received from the Cardinals as punishment for a hacking scandal. He reached Double-A a month into his first full pro season and Houston a month into his second, though he got hurt after returning to the Minors and had Tommy John surgery in July. Less than a month removed from surgery, Martin was dealt to Arizona along with Seth Beer, J.B. Bukauskas and Josh Rojas for Zack Greinke.
Martin's arsenal begins with a 92-95 mph fastball that hits 97 with running action, and he has reached the upper 90s while working in relief. He can miss bats with each of his breaking balls, with his slider showing more flashes of becoming a true plus offering than his curveball. His changeup continues to improve as he uses it more often and helped make him slightly more effective against lefties than righties in 2018.
Though Martin had trouble sticking in the Aggies rotation, he has looked like a slam-dunk starter since signing for a below-slot $1 million. He's doing a better job of commanding his fastball and throwing strikes with his entire repertoire. He has the athleticism to repeat his delivery and maintain his stuff into the late innings, enhancing his chances of slotting into the middle of a big league rotation.
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Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RHP Corbin Martin from Reno Aces.
RHP Corbin Martin assigned to Reno Aces.
Arizona Diamondbacks traded RHP Zack Greinke and cash to Houston Astros for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP J.B. Bukauskas, 3B Josh Rojas and LF Seth Beer.
Round Rock Express placed RHP Corbin Martin on the 7-day injured list.
Houston Astros optioned RHP Corbin Martin to Round Rock Express.
Houston Astros selected the contract of Corbin Martin from Round Rock Express.
RHP Corbin Martin assigned to Round Rock Express from Corpus Christi Hooks.
Houston Astros invited non-roster RHP Corbin Martin to spring training.
RHP Corbin Martin assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
RHP Corbin Martin assigned to Buies Creek Astros from Tri-City ValleyCats.
RHP Corbin Martin assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from GCL Astros.
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