This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This week I begin a three-week series of articles about prospect players who don't get the headlines but could see their roles increase in the 2021 season.
Each of these players is among the organizations' better prospects.
Given salary issues and the potential roster vacancies if veterans aren't retained, these players should be thoroughly considered for the near future.
45 = utility, part-time player with a platoon possible
50 = a regular player in the lineup daily with less probability of being platooned
55 = an above average player with multiple skills
National League West
Corbin Martin, RHP, Diamondbacks
Martin was a 2017 second-round draft pick of the Astros out of Texas A&M. He was traded to the Dbacks with 1B/OF Seth Beer, infielder Josh Rojas and P J.B. Bukauskas for Zack Greinke in 2019, during his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. The trade may have helped both clubs.
Martin was always a high-velocity pitcher, but since he was still recovering from surgery, he did not pitch at all in 2020. He has to prove he can still bring the heat.
Martin has a wide range of velocity on his fastball and should hit 98 mph if he returns healthy. But he normally sits in the 94-95 range. He also throws quality breaking balls including a slider and curve. His changeup is a work in progress, but given his high velocity, that pitch could be a winner.
Most scouts feel Martin has to improve his command