Nats Add Righty Rafael Martin
The Washington Nationals annonced today that they have signed righthanded pitcher Rafael Martin as a free agent and assigned him to their AAA-Syracuse roster.
Martin, 25 has spent the past three seasons pitching for Saitillo in the Mexican League. Used mainly as a releiver, the Mexico native pitched in 54 games last season and was 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA.
Last season he struck out 65 batters and walked only 22 in 63 innings. That is a marked improvement from his 2008 season when he walked 30 and struck out 38 in 54 innings.
Martin will join the Nationals major league camp and compete for a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee.