Brett Ryan Martin…married the former Haley Noe on 10/25/19…was drafted out of Walters State (Tenn.) CC., where he compiled a 9-2 record, 3.83 ERA (18 ER/42.1 IP), and 63 strikeouts against 31 walks in 16 appearances/nine starts…began college career at the University of Tennessee… after claiming Super Sophomore honors in 2011, was named IMAC All-Conference in both his junior (2012) and senior (2013) seasons at Morristown-Hamblen East (Tenn.) High School... was teammates with Brent Honeywell at Walters State… is an avid fisherman and fan of the Tennessee Volunteers… regularly donates to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and participates in the Rangers Winter Caravan each offseason.
Led the Rangers with a career-high 66 appearances over which he produced a 4-4 record and 3.18 ERA (22 ER/62.1 IP)… the only A.L. left-handers to appear in more games were KC’s Jake Brentz (72) and OAK’s Jake Diekman (67)…was adept at pounding the strike zone, as he finished the year ranked among A.L. relief leaders in pitches per batter faced (2nd, 3.48), pitches per inning (4th, 14.7), and BB/9 rate (14th, 2.02)…issued just two walks to last 117 batters faced to close the season (beg. 7/11)…went 71 straight BF between walks on 7/9 vs. OAK and 8/27 vs. HOU…his 4 wins were a career-high and T2nd-most among Texas relievers behind John King (7-5)…had the 2nd-most games finished (24) among Rangers behind Ian Kennedy (25)…Four of Martin’s eight decisions came in extra innings, with two of three losses in extras on walk-off wild pitches (5/13 at HOU and 6/1 at COL, both in 11th)…1st in club history with two walk-off wild pitches in one season…limited LHB to a .255/.286/.309/.594 (24-94) slash line, but RHB hit .283/.327/.414/.742 (43-152)…allowed 18 of 48 (37.5%) inherited runners to score…opened season on the 10-day Injured List (3/29-4/8) with lower back tightness, an issue that delayed his first Spring Training appearance until 3/22… made one rehab app. at the Alternate Site in Round Rock on 4/7.
In his 2nd Major League campaign, Martin was effective out of the bullpen in a season slowed by a pair of injured list stints...posted the 2nd-lowest ERA (1.84) on the Texas staff behind only Kyle Cody (1.59)…on injured list, 8/13- 31, with left rotator cuff inflammation and 7/16-27, missing the start of the regular season...made season debut on 8/1 at SF (1.1 IP, 1 R-ER), which marked his 1st game action since the original Spring Training after he did not return in time to appear in Summer Camp intra squads...posted a 1.93 ERA (1 ER/4.2 IP) while holding opponents 1-for-15 over five G during 1st stint on active roster, then had a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) over 10 G in September following his return from the IL…opponents batted .157/.279/.333/.612...allowed runs in five of 15 G...did not permit multiple runs in any outing, and permitted multiple hits just once...no HR allowed in 1st 8 G/7.2 IP, 2 HR allowed in last 7 G/7.0 IP...season high was 1.1 IP (three times)...stranded nine of 10 inherited runners...earned only win despite allowing designated runner to score in the 10th inning on 9/25 vs. HOU (1.0 IP, 1 R-0 ER), a 5-4 Texas win in the 1st-ever extra-innings game at Globe Life Field.
In his first Major League action, finished 2nd on the club in relief innings (60.2) behind José Leclerc (65.0)…had 2 stints with the Rangers: 4/19-5/20 and 6/4-end of season….made Major League debut on 4/19 vs. HOU, working a perfect 9th inning in a 7-2 loss…compiled a 7.20 ERA (12 ER/15.0 IP) over 14 G in 1st stint with Texas…recalled on 6/4 and allowed just one run over 13.2 IP (0.66 ERA) over his 1st 10 G through 7/2…had a 5.35 ERA (20 ER/33.2 IP) over final 27 G/2 GS…1st ML win 6/14 at CIN…1st career blown save on 8/4 vs. DET (1 R-0 ER) following error by L. Forsythe…had season-high 4 strikeouts on 3 occasions (7/16 vs. ARI, 7/22 at SEA, 9/15 vs. OAK)…allowed 5 R-ER in 1.2 IP in 2 starts as an 'opener' (7/23 at SEA and 9/1 vs. SEA)…permitted runs in 17 of 49 relief app…had 3.83 ERA (17 ER/40.0 IP) in Arlington and 6.45 ERA (16 ER/22.1 IP) on the road...had 4 holds…stranded 16 of 23 (69.6%) inherited runners.
NASHVILLE: Spent the balance of the season at Nashville (AAA), posting no record with one save, a 0.71 ERA (1 ER/12.2 IP), and 1.105 WHIP figure across 10 relief outings…was scoreless in final 11 G/11.1 IP, with lone run allowed coming in season debut on 4/4 vs. Iowa…held opponents 10-for-47 (.213) with 2 XBH (2B, 3B)…marked his 1st career action at the Triple-A level.
Spent the entire season with Double-A Frisco, recording career highs in games (29) and strikeouts (96)…logged 89.0 innings, the 2nd-highest total of his career and most since the 2015 campaign with Hickory (95.1)…also had career highs in losses (10), ERA (7.28), hits allowed (138), and runs allowed (78)…did not spend any time on the disabled list, his 1st campaign without time spent on the DL since 2014…served a split role for Frisco, beginning season in the rotation before moving to the bullpen in early June…returned to the rotation for portions of the 2nd half, making back-to-back starts in mid-July and to close the season…went 1-9 with a 8.61 ERA (59 ER/61.2 IP) in 15 starts and 1-1 with a 4.28 ERA (13 ER/27.1 IP) in 14 relief outings…had higher SO/9 rate (10.9) and lower WHIP (1.390) as a reliever compared to marks as a starter (9.2 SO/9, 2.092 WHIP)…logged 2.0-or-more IP in 12 of 14 relief outings.
Made just 17 starts at Down East due to a nearly two month stay on the disabled list…were fewest starts since 1st pro season with AZL Rangers in 2014…opponents batted .287/.353/.433/.786…was 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA (9 ER/26.0 IP) over 1st 5 starts with the Wood Ducks…recorded season-best 10 strikeouts on 5/6 vs. Wilmington and was placed on the disabled list following the start…was on the disabled list, 5/10- 6/28, with a right abdomen strain…had a 6.80 ERA (31 ER/41.0 IP) over 1st 8 outings after returning from the disabled list, but was 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA (4 ER/17.1 IP) and 19 strikeouts in final 3 starts…had one start for the Woodies in the Carolina League postseason (2.2 IP, 1 R-ER).
Was limited to 17 starts due to injury, but made a late season return and led High Desert to a California League championship…combined to go 4-4 with a 4.41 ERA (34 ER/69.1 IP) over 17 starts with Hickory, the AZL Rangers, and High Desert…opened the season with Hickory and was 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA (22 ER/43.2 IP) over 9 starts…was on the disabled list, 6/16-8/8, with a left elbow strain…made a pair of starts with the AZL Rangers on rehab assignment, 8/3-7, allowing one run over 2.1 innings…promoted to High Desert upon activation from the disabled list and was 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA (11 ER/23.1 IP) over 6 regular season starts for the Mavericks…was 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA (3 ER/12.1 IP) and 24 strikeouts against 3 walks in a pair of postseason starts…tossed 7.0 no-hit innings with 15 strikeouts in High Desert's 1-0 victory in Game 2 of the championship series at Visalia…started 3 games for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA (3 ER/9.1 IP).
Was a South Atlantic League All-Star selection…went 4-5, 3.52 (33 ER/84.1 IP) as a starter and 1-1, 3.27 (4 ER/11.0 IP) as a reliever…opponents batted .265 (92-347), including .305 (29-95) by left-handed batters…opposition hit .338 (26-77) with RISP, including .361 (13-36) with RISP and 2 outs…allowed 3 ER-or-less in first 12 starts of the season, going 3-3, 2.73 (18 ER/59.1 IP)… opposing batters hit .221 (46-208) in first 12 starts and .331 (46- 139) in last 8 outings…was on disabled list, 8/1-8/8, with left knee strain…went 1-1, 3.20 (7 ER/19.2 IP) in 4 games/2 starts upon return from the disabled list…returned to the disabled on 8/29 for remainder of regular season with right hip strain…was activated from the disabled list in the postseason and tossed 4.0 shutout innings in Hickory's 3-2 win over Asheville in Game 2 of the SAL Championship.
Averaged 10.0 SO/9 in his first professional season with the AZL Rangers…was 1-2 with a 3.20 ERA (7 ER/19.2 IP) as a reliever and 0-2 with a 8.22 ERA (14 ER/15.1 IP) as a starter…did not allow a run over his first 5 games/one start (8.0 IP) with 13 strikeouts, but compiled a 7.00 ERA (21 ER/27.0 IP) in last 10 games/5 starts.