HOUSTON, Texas – Former Texas A&M standout Corbin Martin registered a win on the mound in his Major League Baseball debut Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. The right-hander was the Houston Astros’ starting pitcher as they cruised to a 15-5 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Martin spun 5.1 innings, yielding two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out nine in his introduction to The Show.
The 56th overall selection by the Astros in the 2017 MLB Draft, he became the 58th Aggie to make the Major Leagues. Martin shot through the Astros’ farm system in less than two years.
Pitching in Rookie League and Single-A in 2017, he worked in 10 games, including four starts, logging a 0-1 record with one save, a 2.20 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.
He started 2018 with the Single-A Buies Creek Astros, posting a 2.0 record with one save and 26 saves in 19.0 innings of work over four games. Martin was called up to the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks where he worked in 21 games, including 18 starts, registering a 9-2 record with a 2.51 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 122.0 innings.
After impressing the Astros at this year’s spring training, he started 2019 with the Triple-A Round Rock Express. He pitched in five games, booking a 1-1 record with a 1.48 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24.0 innings.
In three seasons in Aggieland, Martin was 11-5 with a 4.02 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 131.0 innings.
As a junior in 2017, the Cypress, Texas native pitched in 24 contests in 2017, including 13 starts. He posted a 7-4 record with a 3.80 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 87.2 innings.
In 2016, he pitched in 16 games, notching a 2-1 record with a 5.47 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. He went 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA in his 13 relief appearances. He blossomed in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2016 pitching for the Falmouth Commodores. In 14 games out of the bullpen he logged six saves, a 1.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts (3 walks) in 15.2 innings to earn All-Cape Code League recognition.
As a freshman he worked 14 games, all out of the bullpen, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.95 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.
Martin is the first Aggie to make their MLB Debut this season. With the Oakland Athletics’ Daniel Mengden also making his first appearance of the season on Sunday, Texas A&M has had seven players see MLB action in 2019, including A.J. Minter (Atlanta Braves), Tyler Naquin (Cleveland Indians), Ross Stripling (Los Angeles Dodgers), Michael Wacha (St. Louis Cardinals) and Alex Wilson (Milwaukee Brewers). Martin is the 18th Aggie to make their MLB debut since 2000.