At the moment, Pedro Martinez has four innings in the books as a Philadelphia Phillie. My first impressions of him? Pretty darn good!
Martinez obviously won’t be the same pitcher he was in the 1990s; however, I’d have to say he looks like he can still be an above-average pitcher in the majors. His fastball was consistently between 88-92 mph tonight (peaking at 94 mph). In my opinion, he still has a grade-A changeup and a well-moving slider. Martinez is a master of his craft. He did an excellent job of setting up hitters and painting the corners for strikes.
The only knock I have on Martinez tonight is that he didn’t seem to have excellent command of his fastball (looked both good and bad tonight). If a few more starts will help him regain the command on his fastball, he should be an even more dangerous pitcher then.
Overall, a very good performance by Martinez. He should prove to be a reliable pitcher who can deliver 4-6 innings and keep the Phillies in position to win games. Martinez will probably get rocked once in a while, but might also turn back the clock and dominate once in a while. For the most part, I think he’ll be just fine and produce consistent quality starts.