February 18, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Ethan Martin (70) poses for a picture during photo day at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies purchase contract of Ethan Martin

According to Todd Zolecki on Twitter, the Philadelphia Phillies have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Ethan Martin.

The 24 year old will make his major league debut tomorrow night against the Atlanta Braves. Martin, 15th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, has posted an ERA of 4.12, 1.39 WHIP and 107/67 K/BB ratio in 115 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

His first major league outing will be a tough one, as he faces the Upton brothers, Jason Hayward, Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla. He doesn’t have the most impressive numbers during this summer in the minors, but could pick up a couple wins in this 2nd half of the season.

Martin will be taking Cliff Lee’s spot in the rotation, as Lee has already missed 1 start with a sore neck. Martin was acquired by the Phillies last season in a trade that sent Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Martin had an 11-5 record for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season with 107 strike outs.

The Phillies sent down outfielder Steve Susdorf to Triple-A Lehigh.


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