Scouting Martinez, Skaggs and Segura 

April, 2, 2010
Fabio Martinez ranked as the fifth-best prospect in the Los Angeles Angels system in my offseason rankings of the top 10 prospects by organization, while Tyler Skaggs ranked eighth. I saw both pitchers in my last game during spring training and walked away higher on Fabio but concerned about Skaggs.

Martinez was 89-94 with very good downhill plane, touching 95 once and showing better velocity in his third and fourth innings of work than he had in his first two. His two offspeed pitches -- a slider and a changeup -- both flashed above-average; the changeup was more consistent, as he tended to release his slider too early and get around the side of it, causing it to flatten out or fail to break enough. Martinez is listed at 6'3", 190 pounds, but is thicker than that and maybe an inch taller, with a potential workhorse build as long as he doesn't add the wrong kind of weight. His fastball command wasn't great, and he got ahead of hitters more because of velocity and aggressiveness than consistent location. He'll pitch at 20 this year, probably starting in low-A Cedar Rapids, but I think you can dream a little on his size and potential for three above-average to plus pitches.