CHARLESTON, SC - Right-handed pitcher Nolan Martinez, the New York Yankees' 2016 third-round draft selection, will make his Charleston RiverDogs debut against the South Atlantic League's Northern Division leading Lakewood BlueClaws on Tuesday night at 7:05 at Joe Riley Park.
Martinez was added to the RiverDogs' roster on Monday along with infielder David Metzgar and pitcher Alexander Vargas, who returns after making a spot start in Double-A Trenton. The 20-year-old Martinez made his first eight appearances (five starts) of the season at Short Season-A Staten Island, where he pitched to a 4-0 record and a 1.23 ERA. He was named the New York-Penn League "Pitcher of the Week" after tossing five no-hit innings on Thursday.
The Culver City, California native made his professional debut in 2016 in the Gulf Coast League. He pitched just seven innings, surrendering three runs and going 0-1. In his sophomore effort, the righty allowed an earned run and struck out 14 over 13 2/3 innings between the GCL and Rookie-level Pulaski.
Martinez was listed on the RiverDogs' disabled list for the first two months of the season before being assigned to Staten Island on June 15. After a rocky first start where he gave up four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, the then 19-year-old allowed one earned run over his final 32 innings in the New York-Penn League.
Martinez will start the series opener of a three-game set against Lakewood on Tuesday. The BlueClaws won the Northern Division first-half title and hold a four-game lead over the rest of the division in the second-half with under 30 games left in the regular season. This series is the only time that the Philadelphia Phillies Class-A affiliate will travel to The Joe this season, but they swept the Dogs in a three-game tilt at FirstEnergy Park in May.