Ladies and Genitalmen, allow me to introduce to you the cute kid from Curacao. The kid with killer cutters. The Netherlandian Nightmare himself, SHAIRON MARTIS!
The kid has been rolling through the Nats system ever since we hoodwinked the SF Giants into trading him to us for Mike Stanton.
(Pause for laughter)
I'll save you from having to read all his stats by posting this link to his baseball-reference.com page. I will, however, post some highlights.
He was born March 30, 1987 in Curacao, the very same Netherlands governed island that Andruw Jones and our own Roger Bernadina are from. That makes him a Dutch citizen, and 21 years old. He started last year in Potomac (high A ball) and posted a record of 14-8 with a 1.34 WHIP. He got the bump to AA Harrisburg this year, and after going 4-4 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.35 WHIP was promoted to AAA Columbus. Last night, he went 5 2/3 IP allowing 1 run on 5 hits to get the win. Oh, dude also struck out twelve motherfuckers. 12! Awww, yeah! Anyway, hopefully we'll see him get a cup of coffee come September, cause he's looking good to me.
Bonus Points: Did I mention that he threw a no-hitter in the World Baseball Classic in 2006? I didn't? Shame on me, 'cause he did!
Mr. Martis was selected to the All-Star Futures game in Yankee Stadium this year, and threw a perfect 9th inning against the US team to get the save.
Shairon also has his own web page, with his name as the domain name. How fucking cool is that? Visit www.shaironmartis.com for all kinds of goodness (well, not really) about the Curacao Killer. Warning about the site, however.... Who ever runs it has the record for most fucking pop up ads in the history of web pages. Expect you're pop-up blocker to fight a valiant fight, but some will eventually get through.