He wasn't the only one, either. Staving off stiff competition -- Reds starter Johnny Cueto, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- Martinez garnered enough support from fans, family and even teammates to win the National League's Final Vote, earning his first All-Star nod.
Martinez, in second place behind Cueto as of Thursday afternoon, was in the Final Vote lead by Friday morning after throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a series-opening win over the Pirates the night before.
That seemingly put him over the edge, but it was the 23-year-old's recent consistency that has been most impressive. He has 10 consecutive quality outings, and over that span, the right-hander totes a 7-1 mark and 1.20 ERA.
Considering the competition -- Cueto's Reds are hosting the All-Star Game, Kershaw is a four-time selection, and Tulowitzki entered Friday night with a 21-game hitting streak -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wasn't sure if Martinez would win.
"I know that we've got a whole bunch of guys with sore thumbs from voting," Matheny said. "It was non-stop."
And when Matheny called Martinez into his office to give him the good news, the manager couldn't help but have a little fun with his player.
"I kind of messed with him a little bit. In Spanish, I told him I was sorry, but he has to take up the last spot on the National League roster. It took him a second because I don't know if sarcasm in my tone in Spanish actually translates real well," Matheny said with a laugh. "He was elated, to say the least."