Shortly after finishing off an extra-inning win, Quad-Cities River Bandits players huddled around the television in the River Bandits clubhouse Sunday to watch one of their former teammates take the mound in baseball’s Futures Game.
Carlos Martinez, who pitched his way to high-A Palm Beach with his work for the River Bandits this season, was one of three pitchers with ties to the Quad-City and Clinton franchises who worked scoreless innings in the game that spotlights the game’s top prospects.
The youngest player in the game at 19-years-old, Martinez uncorked a couple of 98 mph fastballs while working the fourth inning for the World team.
Martinez picked up a strikeout, hit the next batter he faced, and then took a seat after coaxing an inning-ending double play.
His effort came after Shelby Miller, a 2010 River Bandits pitcher now pitching for Double-A Springfield, worked the fourth inning for the United States team.
Appearing in the Futures Game for the second straight year, Miller recorded one strikeout and pitched around a hit and a walk in his run-free inning of work.
Martinez took the mound after James Paxton, a Midwest League all-star for Clinton this season who was promoted earlier this month to Double-A Jackson, needed just six pitches to work a perfect third inning for the World team.
The native of British Columbia recorded a first-pitch groundout and a fly out before getting Bryce Harper, the top pick in baseball’s 2010 draft, to ground out.