One of the most-recent former Texas A&M Baseball players to make it to the major leagues, Houston Astros pitcher Corbin Martin’s season is over after Tommy John Surgery.
Texas A&M Baseball has had an influx of top prospects in baseball in recent years, with one of those top prospects breaking into the major leagues this season.
Corbin Martin, who was one of the Aggies top pitchers from 2015-2017, was ranked as a consensus top-60 prospect in all of baseball heading into the 2019 season.
Finally in May, Martin broke into the major leagues with the Houston Astros, joining the first-place Astros rotation. However, Martin struggled mightily, mainly due to control concerns, recording a 5.59 earned-run average in 19.1 innings.
Martin allowed eight home runs, but was a reliable innings-eater, racking up innings when the Astros needed it out of the fifth starter spot.
Unfortunately, Martin’s season has been cut short before he had the chance to rebound, as the 23-year old righty went down with an elbow injury earlier this month.
MRIs revealed that Martin needs Tommy John Surgery, a common surgery for pitchers with elbow ailments. The surgery was completed earlier last week and will likely hold Martin out through the end of the 2020 season.
The setback is obviously disappointing for Martin, who reached the major leagues at a fairly early age. However, most pitchers amazingly come back improved from Tommy John Surgery, which is certainly exciting for Martin, who already possesses an upper-90s fastball.
By the time Martin returns to the Major Leagues, likely at the start of the 2021 season, he’ll join the likes of 2019 First-Round pick Brandon Shewmake among other former Aggie baseball stars in the major leagues. We all hope that Corbin can come back stronger from this, hopefully returning to his prime form that led him to being one of the better Texas A&M pitchers in recent years.