Rockies call up Chris Martin from Sky Sox

Sox fall 16-12 to the Express.Chris Martin is headed to the Big Leagues.

On Friday, the Colorado Rockies announced they purchased the contract of the 27-year-old right-hander from Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox and optioned down RHP Chad Bettis.

Martin, who received his first Major League call-up, made a team-high 8 appearances while he was with the Sox in 2014 and started the season with four perfect outings (3.2 ip, 5 Ks). In 7.2 innings total, Martin allowed seven runs, while striking out 11 against just three walks.

The Texas native was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Rockies this past offseason along with LHP Franklin Morales in exchange for INF Jonathan Herrera.

Martin was signed by the Red Sox in 2010 from the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the Independent American Association. In 2013, his third season in affiliated ball, Martin spent the year split between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, making 42 appearances with a 2.25 ERA, while fanning 74 batters in 72 innings.

Originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2004 and Colorado Rockies in 2005, Martin opted not to sign either time. Instead he attended McLennen Community College in Waco, Texas, from 2005-06, where he injured his shoulder and decided to give up baseball.  A couple years later, free of pain in his shoulder, Martin gave baseball another shot and signed with Grand Prairie and eventually Boston.

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