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Martin Looks Good From Near Or Far

J.D. Martin

Even from 1,100 miles away, J.D. Martin's pitching can look pretty impressive. At least his pitching line, as Frank Derry observed in the newspaper back home in northeastern Ohio. Derry has watched Martin in the past and knew just from small agate print in front of him that the right-hander was up to his old self again -- striking out batters. Only this time, it was batters in big-league uniforms.

Hidden deep within the March 9 exhibition game box score between the Indians and Reds was the following: Cleveland ERA IP H R ER BB SO HR BF Martin, J. 0.00 1.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 Fans who pay close attention to the Tribe's minor league system know the pitcher in question is J.D. Martin, a first-round sandwich pick (35th overall) in the 2001 draft. Many also know that Martin, a...

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