Tom Ackerman of KMOX was in Cardinals camp for the announcement from manager Mike Matheny:
Martinez thoroughly out-pitched Kelly this spring in the Grapefruit League, allowing seven fewer runs in almost the same amount of innings, so it’s obvious now that there never really was a competition. Kelly won the trust of management last season with how he pitched down the stretch and into the playoffs, and the Cardinals liked what they saw from the hard-throwing Martinez in an eighth-inning setup role. Kelly, 25, has a 3.08 ERA in 231 career major league innings. Martinez, 22, can jump in as an emergency starter when needed.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.