Christopher Riley Martin…married the former Danielle Veitenheimer on 1/24/16…daughter, Kolbi Jolie, was born on 2/8/18...in the time he was out of baseball from 2007-10, worked several jobs including loading trucks for UPS at DFW Airport and in delivery for Lowe's Home Improvement and Texas Appliance…is a native of Arlington, TX and would join RHP Todd Van Poppel (1998, 2002-03) and OF Michael Choice (2014-15) as graduates of Arlington High Schools to play for the Rangers…now lives in Weatherford, TX…was a Rangers' fan as a youngster…his older sister, Crystal, was an All-Big 12 Conference shortstop in softball at Texas A&M…at 6'8", would tie for the 2nd tallest pitcher in Rangers' history: 6'10"-Chris Young (2004-05); 6'8"-Mike Smithson (1982-83), Kameron Loe (2004-08), Dustin Nippert (2008-10)…2018 free agent signee Doug Fister is also listed at 6'8".
Earned save in season's 1st appearance on 4/1 vs. Saitama Seibu Lions but was then sidelined until 5/7 with a right forearm muscle strain…was used in a set-up role the rest of the year, ranking 9th in NPB in holds (29)…posted lowest ERA (1.19) on the Fighters staff while holding opponents to .165 batting average…issued runs in just 4 of 40 overall outings and worked 20.2 scoreless frames in his last 21 appearances beginning 7/9…had a 0.48 ERA (1 ER/18.2 IP) in 20 appearances at the Sapporo Dome.
Was a Pacific League All-Star and tied for 5th in the PL in saves (21 in 24 tries) in 1st NPB season…also had 19 holds…fanned 57 with just 7 BB in 50.2 IP…allowed runs in 6 of 52 games and did not permit an earned run (1 total run) over 27.1 IP in last 28 appearances beginning 6/15…did not pitch after 9/4 due to an ankle injury that sidelined him during Hokkaido's playoff run to the Japan Series championship.
Made 24 relief appearances over 3 stints with NYY… opened the season with the Yankees and had a 3.55 ERA (5 ER/12.2 IP) over 15 games before going on DL on 5/9 with right elbow tendinitis…struck out the side in a perfect 5th inning in NYY debut on 4/6 vs. TOR, just the 2nd Yankees pitcher since 1914 to fan every batter faced in his team debut (min. 3 BF), joining RHP Edwar Ramirez (3K in his Major League debut on 7/3/07 vs. MIN)…earned lone ML save on 4/28 vs. TB… was activated and optioned to Scranton/Wilkes Barre (AAA) on 5/31…was also with NYY from 6/11-19 (5 ER/3.1 IP in 3 G) and 9/11-end of season (3 ER/4.2 IP in 6 G)…had 3 wild pitches in 1.0 IP, 6/13 at BAL…overall, allowed a run in 8 of 24 games and had 5 holds…posted a 3.18 ERA with 2 saves in 20 outings at SWB.
Made his Major League debut with Colorado, posting a 6.89 ERA (15.2IP, 12ER) and 14K in 16 relief appearancesover two stints with the Rockies (4/25-5/20 and 6/5-21)…opponents batted .338 (22-for-65, 2HR); LH .333(8-for-24, 0HR), RH .341 (14-for-41, 2HR)…retired 10-of-16 ﬁrst batters faced (62.5%)…stranded each of his ﬁve inherited runners... Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to Colorado's 25-man roster on 4/25…made his Major League debut on 4/26 at Los Angeles-NL, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning (1H, 1BB)... Also saw time with Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 1-3 with ﬁve saves, a 4.39 ERA (26.2IP, 13ER) and 36K in 25 relief appearances... Was designated for assignment by Colorado on 1/5/15 and acquired by the Yankees in exchange for cash considerations on 1/13/15.
Split the season between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket...began the season with Portland and tossed 21.0 scoreless innings in 12 games...Joined Pawtucket on 5/13 and went 3-3 with 2 saves over 30 games, all in relief...had a 3.18 ERA (51.0 IP, 18 ER) with Pawtucket...Spent the winter with Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter Leagues...picked up six saves for Leones in seven opportunities...did not receive a decision in his eight games and did not allow an earned run or walk.
Returned to Double-A Portland and spent the entire campaign with the Sea Dogs...Began the season as a starter after primarily pitching as a reliever last year...Held left-handed opponents to a .215 AVG (28-for-130)...Recorded a season-high 8 strikeouts on 6/21 vs. Harrisburg...Went back to the bullpen on 8/1 after returning from his 2nd stint on the DL...After the season, went 1-0 with 2 holds, a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP), and 12 strikeouts compared to 1 walk in 7 appearances for Surprise of the Arizona Fall League.
Had contract purchased from the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the independent American Association on 3/31...Went 6-2 with 4 saves and a 2.55 ERA (21 ER/74.0 IP) in 23 games between Single-A Greenville, High-A Salem, and Portland...Lasted at least 2.0 innings in 20 of 22 relief appearances...Earned 4 wins in 6 relief appearances for the Drive...Made only start on 6/24 at Lexington in final appearance for Greenville...Transferred to Salem on 6/29 and tied for 3rd on club with 4 saves...Sent to Portland on 8/19 and appeared in 3 games.
Went 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 36.2 innings for Grand Prairie.