Martinez, 24, pitched 10.2 innings during spring training, allowing just a single earned run on 10 hits while striking out nine. His latest outing likely went a long ways towards earning the final rotation spot, as Martinez shut out the Colorado Rockies over six innings of work.
Last season, Martinez appeared in 29 games and made 24 starts for the Rangers. He finished with a 5-12 record, a 4.55 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 140.1 innings.
“What we saw from Nick this spring is much the same that we had talked about,” Banister said. “We saw pitchability. We saw fastball command and command of his secondary stuff. And we saw good athleticism.”
Texas will start the season with a starting rotation of Yovani Gallardo, Colby Lewis, Ross Detwiler, and Derek Holland. Ace Yu Darvish underwent Tomy John surgery earlier this month and will miss the entire season.
The Rangers open the season on April 6 against the Oakland Athletics.
- Aaron Somers