Red Sox tab Texas A&M reliever Kyle Martin in ninth round

June 07, 2013 - 6:41 pm

With their ninth-round selection, the Red Sox continued to accumulate college seniors with interesting upside who are willing to accept below-slot bonuses. In this instance, they tabbed right-hander Kyle Martin out of Texas A&M (purveyor of a mustache as best as one can discern from his bio page). Martin -- a 6-foot-7, 220-pound right-hander who spent most of his Aggies career pitching in relief -- was 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings. He changed his arm slot in his senior year. He underwent an odd series of career delivery transitions, dropping down to become a sidearm reliever as a sophomore but then moving back to an over-the-top delivery as a senior. That bumped his velocity back up, typically to the low-90s, and created different movement on his pitches, with the senior working to harness his pitches while adapting his delivery. The movement on his pitches -- combined with a huge pitcher's frame -- was intriguing enough to give Martin some upside potential even as a senior sign. Martin suggested (via twitter) that his agreement with the Sox is all but official.