Cody Matthew Martin
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 230 lb.
- School Gonzaga University, Merced Junior College
- High School Dos Palos High School
- Debut April 7, 2015
Martin set a Gonzaga record for saves (9) in a season as a freshman, with a 2.80 ERA and 4-1 record to boot. He tied for third in the West Coast Conference in games pitched (26) and was third in saves behind Nick Gaudi and A.J. Griffin. As a sophomore, he was 5-4 with 6 saves and a 3.07 ERA in 23 games, fanning 68 in 58 2/3 IP. He tied for third in the WCC in saves and was invited to the Team USA national trials. As a junior, he moved into the rotation and struggled (5-7, 6.55), tying for third in the WCC in losses and tying Nate Garcia for the most earned runs allowed (64). He did strike out 89 in 88 IP to tie for 6th in Ks. He was initially taken by the Minnesota Twins in the 20th round of the 2010 amateur draft, but did not sign a contract. Returning for his senior year, he was back in the bullpen and excellent (2-1, 12 Sv, 0.86), breaking his own school save record. He led NCAA Division I in ERA (.20 ahead of Michael Roth). He was picked as a Baseball America All-American pitcher alongside Trevor Bauer, Sean Gilmartin, Taylor Jungmann and Roth. After finishing a very good career at Gonzaga, where he was 16-12 with a 3.76 ERA and 271 strikeouts in 252 2/3 innings, the hurler was taken by the Braves in the 7th round of the 2011 amateur draft, one pick before Ray Black, and began his professional career that season. Brett Evert was the scout.
Pitching for the Danville Braves (3 Sv, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 14 K in 9 IP) and Rome Braves (1-0, 6 Sv, 1.48 in 14 G, 35 K, 4 BB in 24 1/3 IP) in the summer of 2011, the pitcher was 1-0 with nine saves and a 1.08 ERA in 22 relief appearances, striking out 49 batters in 33 1/3 innings. He was used primarily as a starter the next season despite his poor junior year in that role, going 12-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 games (19 starts) for the Lynchburg Hillcats, K'ing 123 batsmen in 107 1/3 innings. He was one win behind Gus Schlosser for the Carolina League lead, tied Jason Adam for third in strikeouts and would have been second to Kyle Hendricks in ERA had he qualified. Schlosser won the league's All-Star starting pitcher nod. Among Braves farmhands, he tied J.R. Graham for second in wins behind Schlosser and was 5th in strikeouts. Baseball America named him Atlanta's #13 prospect and said he had the best slider in their farm system.
In 2013, he was a combined 6-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 29 games (22 starts) for the Mississippi Braves (3-3, 2.82) and Gwinnett Braves (3-4, 3.49). Once again, he averaged more than a strikeout per inning with 137 Ks in 136 2/3 frames.He led Braves minor leaguers in whiffs, 3 ahead of Lucas Sims. He was back with Gwinnett in 2014 and was 7-8, 3.52 in 27 games, 26 as a starter, pitching 156 innings and striking out 142 opponents.
Martin made the Braves' pitching staff as a reliever out of spring training in 2015, making his major league debut on April 7th with two scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins. He won his first game on April 17th, with a scoreless inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in an 8-7 win.