Martinez Joins Burgess in Mexico
A few days after the team lost outfielder Michael Burgess to Monclova, the York Revolution will again send one of its players to the Mexican League, as starting pitcher Jorge Martinez’s contract has been purchased by Mexico City. Revs manager Mark Mason has already announced that lefty Frank Gailey will take Martinez’s slot in the rotation.
Martinez had established himself as York’s most consistent starter in the midst of the team’s best start ever, going 3-2 with a 1.80 ERA in his first seven starts of the season. At the time of his departure he was ranked third in the Atlantic League in ERA. One of Martinez’s finest starts of the season came last Sunday against Somerset as he spun 6.2 scoreless two-hit innings, upping his team-high scoreless streak to 18 innings.
A veteran of the Cuban National Series, Martinez made his United States debut with the Revolution back in 2014. In 34 total appearances (31 starts) for York, he went 14-10 with a 2.89 ERA, which ranks him 5th in franchise history in ERA. Martinez’s biggest start for the Revs came in the 2014 Freedom Division Series, when he pitched 5.1 innings of two-run, five-hit, eight-strikeout ball against Sugar Land in front of 6,682 fans at then-Santander Stadium. The Revs won that game 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th to take a 2-1 series lead over the Skeeters.
The Mexican League regular season ends on August 12, which means Martinez could return to York soon after. Per Atlantic League rules, the Revs are the only league team Martinez may resign with this season.