Former Indianapolis Indians right fielder Matt Curry has been released and 2014 Tribe infielder Michael Martinez has elected free agency for the 2015 season. The move was effective during the week of Aug. 26 – Oct. 2, according to Baseball America’s Minor League Transactions page.
2014 Stats (Indians):
Avg: .222 (4-for-18)
Curry was a two-time draft selection of the Pittsburgh Pirates, signing in the 16th round (477th overall) of the 2010 lottery after initially forgoing his 2008 pick in preference of attending TCU. The Red Oak, Texas native spent the majority of the 2014 campaign with Double-A Altoona while also earneing a seven-game promotion to Indianapolis from July – August.
Curry, 26, went 4-for-18 (.222) with two runs and three RBI in seven games with the Tribe last season. After singling home a run during his season debut against Columbus on July 10 (game 2), he continued his hot start by hitting safely in four of his first five Triple-A games with a .286 average through July 13. Curry concluded his brief stay with the Tribe having made five starts in right field and two pinch-hit appearances.
Along with his Triple-A promotion, Curry also hit .234 (44-for-188) with eight doubles, a triple, four homers, 22 runs scored and 23 RBI in 58 games with the Curve. The utility fielder saw action at first, in both left and right field and as the designated hitter while with Altoona.
2014 Stats (Indians):
Avg: .244 (77-for-315)
Martinez was originally signed by the Washington Nationals as an international free agent in 2005, and after joining the Philadelphia Phillies organization from 2012-13, signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent on Jan. 6, 2014. The International League veteran concluded the 2014 season with a .278 average (220-for-791) and .330 OBP in 227 career IL games with Syracuse (2010), Lehigh Valley (2012-13) and Indianapolis (2014).
Martinez, 32, hit .244 (77-for-315) with six doubles, six triples, one homer, 34 runs and 32 RBI in 91 games with the Indians, and also plated eight runs via a sac fly to rank withing one sacrifice of the league leader Mike Hessman (9). Martinez’s totals included the impressive feat of batting .312 (29-for-93) over the final three innings of games (.216 in innings 1-6), and a consistent stat line of only once going hitless in more than two consecutive Triple-A games (final three games of 2014).
Martinez’s clutch batting also capped a three-run inning and 6-5 comeback with a one-out, walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth on April 26 vs. Syracuse.
In addition, the former Tribe infielder went 5-for-39 (.128) with a double, two runs and four RBI in 26 games with the Pirates.