Both are currently down at Triple-A Memphis, but for different reasons. Wacha is down to conserve his arm by limiting his innings, while Martinez is there to stretch his arm out to be more prepared for the starter role in the future.
Both have bright Major League futures, but that is really where the similarities end when comparing the two.
Wacha is 6’6″ while Martinez is just 6′. Wacha was drafted out of college and made it to the big leagues in less than one year. Martinez was signed as an amateur free agent in 2010, and it took 3 years for him to make his first major league appearance. Let’s dig deeper to determine which prospect’s upside is bigger?
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- Can too many prospects be a bad thing? Minors Mailbag (cardinalsfarm.com)
- St. Louis Cardinals: Updated Top 20 Prospects for June (cardinalsfarm.com)