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2014 Dodgers review: Jarret Martin

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A look back at the 2014 season for left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin, who spent all year in the minor leagues.

What went right

Martin in his first season on the Dodgers' 40-man roster had a solid full season with Double-A Chattanooga, with a 3.29 ERA and seven saves in 46 games, with 64 strikeouts in 54⅔ innings.

The left-hander was especially effective against left-handed batters, holding them to just .194/.312/.258 with two extra-base hits in 78 plate appearances. Martin had a 26.5-percent strikeout rate against lefties, and a walk rate of 11.5 percent.

Down the stretch, Martin had 29 strikeouts and 13 walks in 23 innings with a 2.74 ERA in his final 17 games, holding all batters to hitting .148/.283/.235.

Off the field, Martin — who last offseason bought his first house in his hometown of Bakersfield — got married to his fiancee Allie last weekend.

What went wrong

Unfortunately for Martin, he — along with Matt Magill — was one of two healthy players on the Dodgers' 40-man roster in 2014 not to see time with the big club.

Walks were a problem for Martin in 2014, which helps explain why he never got a call-up to the Dodgers, passed over while fellow southpaws Daniel Coulombe and oft-injured Scott Elbert pitched in September. Through July 1, Martin had as many walks (35) as strikeouts (35) in 31⅔ innings.

The 6'3, 230-pound Martin had some success against right-handed batters, holding them to a .176 average and a .280 slugging percentage. But to go with his 44 strikeouts of right-handers (a 25.9 percent rate), Martin also walked 39 (22.9 percent), leading to a .379 on-base percentage for righties against him.

2014 particulars

Age: 24

Salary: nothing in the major leagues; as a minor leaguer on the 40-man roster for the first time, Martin in 2014 likely earned something close to the minimum of $40,750.

Game of the year

On July 22 against Montgomery (a Rays affiliate), Martin pitched three scoreless innings with no hits or walks, striking out three. The only one of his10 batters faced to reach base did so by fielder's choice.

Roster status

Martin is on the 40-man roster and has two option years remaining. He will likely open his 2015 season somewhere in Oklahoma, either with Double-A Tulsa or Triple-A Oklahoma City.