Martinez, 28, landed with the Fighters last year after spending parts of four seasons in the majors with the Rangers. He obviously impressed his new club in his first attempt at Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.
Indeed, Martinez racked up an abundance of quality innings in 2018. He tallied 161 2/3 frames over 25 starts, an average of nearly 6.5 innings per outing, while working to a 3.51 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9.
Those K/BB figures aren’t terribly exciting, but whiffs have never been a feature of Martinez’s game. In his 415 1/3 total MLB innings, he owns a 4.77 ERA with 5.1 K/9 against 3.2 BB/9.