According to a report from Bob Nightengale, the Cubs received 20-year old RHP Jonathan Martinez from the Dodgers as the player to be named later in the Darwin Barney deal.
Martinez was pitching for Low-A Great Lakes in the Midwest League and was 7-5 in 19 starts with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. In 106 1/3 innings this season, Martinez gave up 110 hits with 19 walks and 91 strikeouts.
Jonathan Martinez is a very good return for a player that was designated for assignment and did not fit in the Cubs long-term plans.
Updated 3:28pm CDT: The Dodgers confirmed the trade with the Cubs sending RHP Jonathan Martinez to the Cubs as the PTBNL in the deal for Darwin Barney. The Dodgers also picked up $500,000 of the roughly $800,000 owed to Barney for this season. The Dodgers optioned Darwin Barney to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Jonathan Martinez turned 20 years old last month (June 27) and earned Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors in last June.
According to various reports, the 6-foot-1, 203 pound right hander features a fastball in the 93-94 mph range that shows plus potential. And he was working on a change-up and a slider. Martinez’s fastball was described as “average with some movement with room for more.”
Jonathan Martinez’s go-to-pitch is his slider that can be erratic at times.
Jonathan Martinez has spent time as a reliever and in the rotation and appears to project as a starter. Martinez has been very good this year in Low-A Ball and there is time to develop Martinez into at least a bullpen arm.