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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

William Martinez, Held Them - 3344

The Sumter Flyers had already blown a 3-0 lead in this July 1991 game against Augusta, now they needed William Martinez to come in and hold them.

And Martinez did. Over the next three innings, he gave up just a single hit and no runs. For his efforts, he also picked up the win, according to The Sumter Item.

Martinez was in his second professional season that summer for Sumter. He ended up seeing time in two more, but he never saw time above single-A.

Martinez' career began in 1990, signed by the Expos as a free agent, out of his native Venezuela. Martinez' name has also been spelled Williams Martinez.

He played his first season at rookie Gate City, getting 24 outings, three starts. He picked up two wins to seven losses, posting an ERA of 7.90.

For 1991, he moved to single-A Sumter, getting 39 outings, eight starts. He also reduced his ERA to 3.16.

Martinez went 2.1 innings of scoreless ball in an early May game. He got one of his starts in late July, going six innings without giving up a hit, and picking up the win.

Martinez went to single-A Rockford for 1992. But he got into just 10 games, starting seven of them. In 40.2 innings, he gave up 12 earned runs.

Martinez got time in just one more season, two relief outings in 1993 with single-A Burlington, ending his career.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,442
Made the Majors: 735 - 51.0%
Never Made Majors: 707-49.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 321
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 191

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