Texas Rangers trade JP Martinez to the Braves for RHP Tyler Owens

Heath C.
Heath C. 2 Min Read
Julio Pablo Martinez

The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Tyler Owens from the Atlanta Braves. This trade, which involved sending outfielder J.P. Martinez to Atlanta, brings pitching depth to the Rangers’ farm system and clears a 40-man spot for David Robertson.

Tyler Owens, was ranked as the Braves 25th prospect according to MLB Pipeline in 2023 and has topped out at 98 MPH with his fastball.

Despite a 0-6 win-loss record, Owens showcased a remarkable 3.03 ERA, underlining his potential as a formidable force on the mound.

The 23-year-old pitcher’s performance in 2023 includes an impressive 67 strikeouts and a 3 walks per nine over 65.1 innings, split between High-A and Double-A levels.

The acquisition of Tyler Owens aligns with the Rangers’ commitment to having pitching depth in the farm system. Pitching development is crucial for the continued success of the team.

Julio Pablo Martinez

The Rangers originally signed him as an International free agent on March 6, 2018. Julio Pablo Martinez made his MLB debut in 2023 hitting a line of .225/.250/.325/.575 with 1 home run and 4 RBI across 17 games.

He has since fallen on the Rangers depth chart at the Major League level due to the likes of Evan Carter, Ezequiel Duran, Wyatt Langford and Travis Jankowski.

At the time that he signed with the Rangers, Martinez became the 60th ranked prospect on Baseball America’s top 100.

While I’m a little sad to see Julio Pablo Martinez go, I wish him nothing but the best of luck with the Braves organization.

Stay tuned for more updates as the Rangers gear up for an exciting season ahead.

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Covering the Texas Rangers farm system since 2019. Credentialed media with the Frisco RoughRiders.

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I am a lifelong Rangers fan. When not covering the Texas Rangers farm, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring all things minor league baseball, and pretending I can hit a fastball.
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