Judson Martel

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Judson 'Fivespot' Martel
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Montreal Metros— No. 34
Pitcher
Born: (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 35)
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Bats: R Throws: R
Bull League statistics
(through 2017)
W 84
L 41
ERA 3.34
IP 1,176.0
K 1,156
Teams
Career highlights


Judson 'Fivespot' Martel is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Montreal Metros in the Bull League's Lake League (LL). He made his major-level debut in 2008 for the Boston Brawlers.[1]

Martel is a six-time all-star, and won the Sandy Koufax Award in 2013 and 2017.

Team History

Boston Brawlers (2008-2016)

Martel was drafted #1 overall in the 2007 first year draft by the Boston Brawlers, out of a Vancouver, BC, college. He received a signing bonus of $4,045,000, and was assigned to A-level in June of that year, where he went 4-2, 4.13, with 48 K's in 56.2 innings. He was quickly moved up to AAA-level Laval, where he was 1-0 after two starts, but was injured in August with a torn meniscus, missing the rest of the year.

He returned after off-season rehab and by opening day of 2008, he was named the #2 prospect in the Bull League. He continued to play for Laval in 2008, and on July 19, 2008, he pitched a no-hitter against the Vaughan Peppers, walking just 2 batters and striking out 13. He was moved up to the major level and played in 7 games for the Brawlers (3 of them starts), but had a lukewarm finish of 0-2, 8.85.

Despite the lackluster showing, the baseball world still anticipated much from Judson, and in 2009 he was named the #1 prospect in the league. He tied for the league lead in starts that season with 17, finishing the year with a winning record of 6-3, with a 4.74 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 104.1 innings.

He continued to improve in the Boston rotation, and was a regular #1 or #2 man by 2011. Meanwhile, his strikeout counts and overall ability to hold off hits also improved. He had three games in 2011 where he struck out 10 batters, and the following year pitched two games with 3 hits or less given up. By 2013, he won the Sandy Koufax Award for the Lake League.

In 2013, he won a team record 12 games, cementing his place in the club's history as one of the best pitchers ever to play for the Brawlers.

At the end of 2016, he left for free agency having set the standards very high for Boston pitchers for years to come, with the team record in career wins (73), winning pct. (.646), WAR (23.5), games started (142), complete games (25), shutouts (9), innings pitched (1,050.0), and strikeouts (997), along with other categories.

Montreal Metros (2017)

In November of 2016, Martel signed as a free agent to a 4-year contract worth $100.8 million with the Montreal Metros, making him one of the top paid players in the league.

On May 14, 20117, Martel collected his 1,000th career strikeout. On June 4, 2017, he threw his first career Bull League no-hitter against the Battle Creek Attack, striking out 15 and walking just one batter.[2]

References

  1. P Judson 'Fivespot' Martel #34. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/players/player_2874.html. Accessed: 28 June 2017.
  2. Martel Spins No-Hitter. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/martel-spins-no-hitter/. 4 June 2017. Accessed: 28 June 2017.