Rays Prospects: Trevor Martin makes a statement in Bowling Green's recent win

Trevor Martin had a big time outing for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in his latest start. What does this mean for him and his development within the Tampa Bay Rays' farm system?
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The Tampa Bay Rays' High-A affiliated team, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, recently got a crushing 8-1 win over the Asheville Tourists on Tuesday. A big time actor in the win was right-handed pitcher Trevor Martin, thanks to his difference-making start.

Martin finished the game, going deep into the contest putting up seven innings of work. On the four hits Asheville got against him, they only came up with one run. Another big part of Martin's start that kept the Tourists from getting runs across was just the one walk he gave up during those seven innings. He has given up just 13 walks in 59.0 innings of work thus far in 2024.

The biggest, stand-out stat Martin showed in this career start was 14 strikeouts, totaling out to a two strikeout per inning average; 66% of the outs recorded while Martin was on the mound came via the strikeout. This has been something that Martin has thrived with during his 2024 campaign, as he currently sits with 78 strikeouts in the 59.0 innings he has pitched through.

Trevor Martin making waves among Tampa Bay Rays' pitching prospects

So what did this outing mean for the Tampa Bay Rays' organization? Well, Martin currently ranks 19th in the Rays' prospects rankings on MLB.com. He is behind some big time names in the system like Junior Caminero, Carson Williams, Tre' Morgan, Jacob Lopez, etc. However, this could be the start Martin needed to make waves around the Rays' clubhouse and front office. This is especially true considering Tampa Bay has found its franchise-winning success on the foundation of developing strong pitching.

Martin may in fact be a beneficiary from this foundational success of the Rays' pitching program, and he very soon could make his way to the major league level. According to MLB.com, Martin has a 2025 ETA for a debut in Major League Baseball.