Just moments ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have traded Dana Eveland to the Baltimore Orioles for Jarret Martin and Tyler Henson.
Jarret Martin will be going into his age 22 season next year, and he’s coming off a 2011 campaign in which he posted a 4.96 ERA over 110.2 innings pitched in A-ball. The 97 strikeouts speaks to his stuff, but 62 walks, 13 hit by pitches, and 12 wild pitches are why he was disposable.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball had this to say about him before 2011:
SLEEPER ALERT!! Martin was selected in the 18th round in 2009, from Bakersfield Junior College. He has a sinking fastball in the low 90s that helped him post a 2.03 GO/AO last year in the Appy League. He also has a promising curveball, and the combination of the two pitches throttled left-handed hitters to a .188 mark for Bluefield. His K/IP and H/IP ratios were quite good, but he also walked too many guys, elevating his ERA. I am intrigued with this one; if Martin can sharpen his command even slightly, he could break out in 2011. Grade C, but a sleeper.
ADDITIONAL COMMENT: Good size and some arm strength here, plus I like the combination of strikeouts and ground balls. As stated, he needs to get the walks down, but any progress in that department could take him a long way. Sources who follow the Orioles closely are quite intrigued with him.
Needless to say, considering what the Dodgers just gave up, getting a prospect with any semblance of upside is solid.
In 2011, Tyler Henson hit .247/.313/.321/.634 in AAA and he seems likely to repeat the level going into his age 24 season.
Orioles Nation had this to say about him:
Was heavily recruited as a football player coming out of high school. Versatile player who can play SS, 3B, 1B, 2B, RF, and LF. Fits best at 3B or LF. Above-average arm strength, but inaccurate. Above-average speed. Has the ability to hit for both average and power, but needs to refine his approach at the plate. Has power to all fields. Projects as a super utility type.
So basically AAA depth, but that’s still fine.
Ned Colletti did well here because he got two baseball players who are still alive for Dana Eveland.