Fittingly with the holiday season approaching, Denny Martinez and his son have reportedly been reunited in the Astros' organization. According to Baseball America, the Astros acquired Ricky Martinez from St. Louis for cash considerations. Martinez, RHP, is the son of the Astros' new bullpen coach Denny Martinez.
The younger Martinez was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cardinals in 2010. He split the 2012 season between Low A Quad Cities and High A Palm Beach. His father Denny was the pitching coach in Palm Beach, and Denny managed Ricky on Team Nicaragua during this fall's World Baseball Classic qualifier.
This Martinez holiday reunion has an added bonus. Ricky Martinez also joins his former college teammate J.D. Martinez(no relation) in the Astros' system. The two Martinez's were on the Nova Southeastern roster together from 2007-2009.