American pitcher Martin joins ADO
THE HAGUE (Neth.) -
Shortly before the start of the new season, ADO has added American lefthanded pitcher Nick Martin to its roster.
Martin arrived in The Hague on Tuesday-evening, met his new teammates and was named the starting pitcher for the season's home opener next Saturday vs. Corendon Kinheim.
The team opens the season on Thursday-evening at Haarlem.
Nick Martin turned 31 on March 5, is from Houston (Texas) and played professionally in the organizations of the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers.
Most recently, Martin played for the Melbourne Aces and Doncaster Dragons in Australia.
With the experienced Martin, ADO hopes to have made a good addition to its young, but talented team, the club stated.
Nicholas Morrison Martin was drafted in the 17th round of the 2001 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Chicago Cubs and made his professional debut later that year playing for the AZL Cubs in the Rookie League.
Martin pitched in 10 games (all in relief) and was 3-0, striking out 18 in 21 2/3 inning.
In his first year, Martin was also promoted to the Lansing Lugnuts in the Single-A Midwest League, where he threw in one game, in which he became the losing pitcher.
In his brief stay in Lansing, Martin was a teammate of Dutch lefthander Ferenc Jongejan, who threw
in 48 games for the Lugnuts in his first professional season.
...Nick Martin throwing for the Melbourne Aces...
In 2002, Martin again pitched for two teams.
The lefthander appeared in 19 games for Lansing and was 2-7 with a 3.92 ERA, striking out 55 in 85 innings.
Martin also threw in four games for the Daytona Cubs (Single-A Advanced), where he was 1-1.
In 2003 and 2004, Nick Martin again pitched for the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League.
In these two seasons, he threw in 57 games (17 as starter) and was 8-12.
In 2004, Martin was teammate again of Jongejan and both spent that season in the bullpen together.
It also marked the last year for both in the Cubs-organization, as both were released after the season.
In 2007, Martin returned to professional baseball when he played for the Fort Worth Cats in an Independent League and was 7-5.
The next year, he pitched in 33 games for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Single-A team of the Detroit Tigers and was 2-3 with one save.
Later in 2008, Martin completed the season with the New Jersey Jackals in another Independent League, where he threw in seven games.
Nick Martin also played in an Independent League in 2009 for the El Paso Diablos (which is a former Minor League-team) in Texas.
Hereafter, Martin played in Australia.
First in 2010 for the Victoria Seals in the Golden Baseball League.
In the Australian season of 2010-2011, Martin played for both the Doncaster Dragons (Baseball Victoria) and the Melbourne Aces (Australian Baseball League).
With the Dragons, he also served as Pitching Coach.
For the Aces, he threw in seven games and was 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA, striking out 12 batters in 15 2/3 inning, giving up 29 basehits.
While being with Melbourne, he threw against the Brisbane Bandits in one of his last games and then faced Chris Mowday, who this season will throw for RCH-Pingu´ns in the 'Overgangsklasse', the second-highest Dutch league.
In seven professional seasons in the USA, Nick Martin, who played for Rice University, was 25-35, threw in 162 games (64 as starter) and struckout 346 in 490 innings, while walking 199 and giving up 535 basehits and 308 runs.
Nick Martin also runs a professional baseball training company based in Houston, called LeftyCo, which teaches hitting, pitching and fielding.