Reiver Jose Sanmartin
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut September 27, 2021
- Born April 15, 1996 in Cartagena, Bolívar Colombia
Pitcher Reiver Sanmartin was signed by the Texas Rangers before the 2015 season when he began his professional career with the DSL Rangers 1. In 2016, he had a great combined season between the Rangers' two affiliates in the Dominican Summer League, going a combined 7-1, 2.35 in 12 starts. He moved to the United States in 2017 and pitched for the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League and the Hickory Crawdads of the [South Atlantic League]]; he had another very solid season, going 7-2, 2.45 in 14 games. Before the season, he had been a member of the Colombian national team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, although he was not used in a game. On November 20th, he was traded to the New York Yankees in return for another young pitcher, Ronald Herrera.
Sanmartin spent only one season in the Yankees' organization, in 2018, but he played with four different teams, including a rehabilitation assignment in the New York-Penn League and peaking in AA with the Trenton Thunder. Overall, he went 5-7, 2.81 in 13 games (10 starts), logging 67 1/3 innings, a career high up to that point. After the season, he pitched for the Indios de Mayagüez in the Puerto Rican League, then on January 21st, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds alongside major leaguer Sonny Gray in return for Shed Long and a Compensation Round A pick in the 2019 amateur draft.
He made his debut on September 27, 2021, with the Reds on the fringes of the wild card race and almost needing to win every single remaining game on their schedule to have a shot at the postseason. The pressure was thus on in his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He delivered with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out five opponents, and received credit for a 13-1 win.
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