Francis Martes

Position: RHP
Born: 11/24/95
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 225
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Via trade from the Marlins on July 31, 2014, with 3B Colin Moran and OF Jake Marisnick in exchange for RHP Jarred Cosart, OF Enrique Hernandez and OF Austin Wates (HOU). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) on November 2, 2012 (FLA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
0-2 with a 5.29 ERA in eight starts at Fresno (Triple-A), striking out 38 and walking 28 in 32 1/3 innings, allowing 40 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Fresno on June 8 when LHP Dallas Keuchel went on the 10-day DL and RHP Collin McHugh was moved to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 06/09/17

Debut Details
June 9, in a 9-4 loss to the Angels. The third of four pitchers, he allowed four runs, all earned, on four hits in 3 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out two. He also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. Of 78 pitches, 44 were for strikes. He came on for right-handed reliever James Hoyt to start the fifth inning. Luis Valbuena flew out to center before Andrelton Simmons doubled to center. Martin Maldonado was then hit by a pitch before Eric Young, Jr., grounded out to the mound to advance the runners. Danny Espinosa then grounded out to second to end the inning. In the sixth, Cameron Maybin drew a leadoff walk, stole second and advanced to third when Kole Calhoun grounded out to second. Albert Pujols then hit a foul sacrifice fly to right to score Maybin before Yunel Escobar popped out to short to end the inning. In the seventh, Valbuena popped out foul behind third base before Maldonado homered to center. Young and Espinosa both struck out swinging to end the inning. In the eighth, Maybin lined out to first before Calhoun drew a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Pujols then grounded out to short, advancing Calhoun to third, before Escobar drove Calhoun home with a single to center. At that point, left-handed reliever Tony Sipp came on for Martes.

Player Notes
With a 13-game lead at the time of his promotion, the Astros could have just sat back on their puffy cloud of a lead and let the 21-year-old continue to polish his awesome stuff but hey, why not give the avid fans yet one more thing to get excited about? The 21-year-old is certainly worth getting excited about. Baseball America ranks him as having the system's best fastball, its best curveball, its best changeup -- the trinity of props for a pitcher -- and, not terribly surprisingly, rank him the organization's No. 1 prospect heading into 2017. With a fastball that's been known to touch 100, a 12-to-6 curveball and a firm changeup, he's still developing physically into what appears will be the prototypically-desired strong-bodied starter. In 2016, he led the system in BAA when he went 9-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 25 games at Corpus Christi (Double-A), limiting opposing batters to a .222 BAA as the youngest pitcher int he Texas League and striking out 131 and walking 47 in 125 1/3 innings while allowing 101 hits. In 2015, he zoomed from Quad Cities (Class A) to Lancaster (High A) to Corpus Christi in his first full season with the Astros, going 8-3 with a 2.04 ERA in 19 games, including one shutout, striking out 98 in 101 2/3 innings and walking 28 while allowing 83 hits for a .220 BAA.