Alejandro Martinez (minors03)
Alejandro Martinez Encinas
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 210 lb.
- Born February 11, 1989 in Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico
Pitcher Alejandro Martinez began his professional career in 2006 at 17 years old. He was signed by the New York Yankees on February 1 of that year.
He was 2-4 with a 5.26 ERA for the 2006 DSL Yankees 2 in 2006, did not pitch in 2007 then was 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA and a save for the DSL Yankees 2 in 2008. He allowed one unearned run in 3 1/3 IP for the 2009 GCL Yankees, going 1-0. Martinez was let go after the 2009 season.
He latched on in the Mexican League in 2010, giving up 3 runs in 2 2/3 IP for the Olmecas de Tabasco. In the Mexican Pacific Winter League, he was with the Naranjeros de Hermosillo (7 R in 3 1/3 IP) and the Aguilas de Mexicali (0 R in 3 1/3 IP). In his brief time with Mexicali, he was involved in a major brawl. He hit Jeff Salazar with a pick-off throw; Salazar and Mexicali 2B Oswaldo Morejon got into a fight, leading in Salazar being knocked unconscious by Morejon. A bench-clearing brawl ensued.
In 2011, he went 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 17 games (13 starts) for the Petroleros de Minatitlan. Had he qualified, he would have led the LMB in ERA by .21 over Marco Tovar. He was only 2-3 with a 7.27 ERA for Hermosillo that winter. He was 9-6 with a 3.98 for the Petroleros in 2012 to lead the team in both wins and ERA (though he did not make the top 10 in the league in either). He had a 1-1, 5.33 record in 23 games for the 2012-2013 Naranjeros.
In 2013, though he struggled with the Petroleros by going 7-12 (leading the league in losses) with a 6.66 ERA in 23 games (20 starts) (only Sergio Valenzuela allowed more runs), he redeemed himself with the Venados de Mazatlan of the Mexican Pacific League by going 4-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 games (12 starts). He was 5th in the LMP in ERA (between Andrés Meza and Edgar Osuna) and tied Hector Velazquez for 4th with 60 strikeouts.
Martinez was 4-9 with a 5.71 ERA for the 2014 Toros de Tijuana. He tied for 6th in the league in losses. With Mazatlan that winter, he was 0-4 with a 4.71 ERA; he finished the winter with the Yaquis de Obregon (2-3, 4.59). His 7 losses that winter were one shy of league leader Alfredo Aceves. He was 4-6 with a 5.62 ERA for Tijuana in 2015. With Obregon in 2015-2016, he was 1-1 with a save and a 5.63 ERA.
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