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Birth Date11-24-1995
Height6' 1"
Weight225 lbs
Age25 years, 0 months, 5 days
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MLB Statistics

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2017 HOU MLB 32 4 54.3 5 2 0 51 31 69 7 101 8.4 5.1 1.2 11.4 44% .328 1.51 4.43 5.80 101 4.39 93.4 0.6

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2014 AST Rk GCL 4 3 11.0 1 1 0 5 3 12 0 4.1 2.5 0.0 9.8 0% .185 0.73 2.39 0.82 0 0.00 0.0
2014 MRL Rk GCL 8 6 33.0 2 2 0 29 20 33 0 7.9 5.5 0.0 9.0 0% .312 1.48 3.39 5.18 0 0.00 0.0
2015 QUD A MID 10 8 52.0 3 2 2 33 13 45 1 104 5.7 2.3 0.2 7.8 0% .229 0.88 2.77 1.04 91 2.88 63.2
2015 LNC A+ CAL 6 5 35.0 4 1 0 31 8 37 1 119 8.0 2.1 0.3 9.5 0% .309 1.11 2.80 2.31 81 2.56 56.1
2015 CCH AA TEX 3 3 14.7 1 0 0 19 7 16 2 115 11.7 4.3 1.2 9.8 0% .386 1.77 4.31 4.91 102 5.86 128.4
2016 CCH AA TEX 25 22 125.3 9 6 0 104 47 131 4 97 7.5 3.4 0.3 9.4 45% .296 1.20 2.71 3.30 89 3.87 85.5
2016 GDD Wnt AFL 6 6 22.3 2 1 0 20 9 25 1 8.1 3.6 0.4 10.1 0% .339 1.30 3.33 3.22 0 0.00 0.0
2017 HOU MLB AL 32 4 54.3 5 2 0 51 31 69 7 101 8.4 5.1 1.2 11.4 44% .328 1.51 4.43 5.80 101 4.39 93.4
2017 FRE AAA PCL 8 8 32.3 0 2 0 40 28 38 5 102 11.1 7.8 1.4 10.6 39% .380 2.10 5.98 5.29 112 6.61 140.7
2018 FRE AAA PCL 4 4 18.7 0 1 0 25 17 16 2 108 12.1 8.2 1.0 7.7 40% .397 2.25 6.31 6.75 123 7.97 168.5
2018 AST Rk GCL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 95 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 33% .333 1.00 1.64 0.00 94 3.21 67.9
2019 QUD A MID 1 1 2.7 0 1 0 1 3 6 1 97 3.4 10.1 3.4 20.3 0% .000 1.50 7.18 6.75 80 2.54 52.3
2019 AST Rk GCL 2 2 2.7 0 1 0 4 2 7 0 104 13.5 6.8 0.0 23.6 0% .800 2.25 0.50 6.75 62 1.92 39.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2017 1039 0.4610 0.4389 0.6952 0.6200 0.2839 0.8182 0.4654 0.3048

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


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2019 HOU $
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Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 116 d2020

  • 2020. Received 162-game suspension, placed on restricted list 2/17/20 (second violation of PED policy).
  • 1 year (2019). Re-signed by Houston 3/19. Received 80-game suspension 3/13/19 (violation of PED policy).
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Houston 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Houston 6/8/17.
  • Acquired by Houston in trade from Miami 7/31/14.
  • Signed by Miami 11/2/12 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. $78,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 7.6 0 0.1 13 9 49.9 37 22 49 5 .249 1.19 3.33 3.72 -2.7 -0.3
80o 6.5 0 0 12 8 44.1 35 21 43 4 .263 1.28 3.72 4.15 -4.3 -0.5
70o 5.8 0 0 11 7 40.1 34 20 39 4 .274 1.35 4.01 4.47 -5.3 -0.6
60o 5.2 0 0 10 6 36.7 32 19 36 4 .282 1.41 4.26 4.75 -5.9 -0.6
50o 4.6 0 0 9 6 33.7 31 18 33 4 .291 1.46 4.50 5.01 -6.3 -0.7
40o 4.1 0 0 8 5 30.7 29 18 30 4 .299 1.52 4.74 5.28 -6.6 -0.7
30o 3.6 0 0 7 5 27.6 27 16 27 3 .308 1.59 5.00 5.57 -6.8 -0.7
20o 3 0 0 6 4 24.0 25 15 24 3 .318 1.67 5.31 5.92 -6.8 -0.7
10o 2.3 0 0 5 3 19.3 22 13 19 3 .332 1.79 5.76 6.41 -6.4 -0.7
Weighted Mean4.6009633.03018324.2891.454.464.97-6.1-0.7

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2017-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What a Cole return have to look like for you to pull the trigger?
(Jeb from Iowa)
A top pitching prospect and a top middle infield prospect (they're not going to re-sign Mercer). I think I heard someone on XM suggest Alex Bregman and Francis Martes for Cole. If that gets offered, Huntington needs to jump on it before the police determine the whereabouts of Jeff Luhnow. (Rob Mains)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Does F. Martes project as a starter or reliever long term? 6.06 BB/9 in a SSS so far since his call up but was 7.79 BB/9 in AAA before the call up (SSS).
(Baseballdeity from Chi Town)
I always have to check to make sure we're talking about Francis Martes and not Frankie Martes. Does anyone else have to?

Martes projects as a starter with a relief fallback. (Montas projects as a reliever all the way.) (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-05-15 17:00:00 (link to chat)Any insight on Francis Martes' early struggles?
(Justin from NY)
Haven't seen him pitch so I'm looking at the same stat line you are. Walking a batter an inning seems bad. (Mike Gianella)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mitch Keller. Next big time pitching prospect?
(Justin from Iowa City, Iowa)
Are you talking from a Pirates perspective? He'd better be. With Taillon and Glasnow in Pittsburgh, he's the only top Pirates prospect who's a pitcher. May not have Glasnow's stuff but his control's better.

If you're talking about the majors overall, I like Francis Martes more, but he's really struggled at AAA. (Rob Mains)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Where would Joe Musgrove rank on the list if he still had rookie eligibility? And going off of that, how does he compare to fellow Astros Francis Martes and David Paulino in upside and overall outlook, relatively speaking?
(Chipshot212 from MA)
I am not a huge Musgrove guy, but internally we split pretty hard on him around midseason list time. He's safer than Paulino but he doesn't have the upside there, and Martes is just a tier or two above as a pitching prospect. I would guess he would be in that general 80-120 range where you find a lot of 55/50 arms (and riskier guys like Paulino). The exact location would have depended on how much I let Wilson harangue me about including him. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Francis Martes. The outing I saw him in the AFL, he looked terrible. Flat fastball that was getting rocked into loud outs and wallbangers. Yet, the Astros refuse to discuss him in a trade and the AGM doesn't do him the favor of tempering expectations and basically says this guy is fastball Jesus. What say you this year and career?
(Sir nerdlington from Colorado)
I'd probably weigh in at whatever notch is right below fastball Jesus. I like Martes a lot and could see his 2016 going in a similar way to how the Cardinals used Alex Reyes in 2016. Looking forward, I think he's at worst a pretty dominant closer-type and at best could be a top 35-40 starter. (Mark Barry)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the better prospect Francis Martes or David Paulino?
(Jesse from Home o' Paul Wall)
We ranked Martes higher on the Astros list, and he's a fair bit higher on the 101. Paulino potentially has better stuff, but he isn't that far ahead on the development curve, and the injury history should concern you. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)On opening day Jose Quintana is playing for [blank] and he was traded for [blank].
(nschaef from Office)
On Opening Day Jose Quintana is playing for the White Sox and he was traded for no one.


On August 1, Jose Quintana is playing for the Astros and he was traded for Francis Martes and other pieces. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Francis Martes or Giolito at this point?
(Sean99 from Chicago)
Still Giolito for me. The years before 2016 matter too. There's too much history saying Giolito is better than this to assume he can get it back together. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Scooter. I drafted Francis Martes but he seems to be just OK this year at AA. Any opinion as was hoping I could use him as a trade chip but seems he has scuffled a bit this year or am I just over reacting?
(Igor from At a bar )
You're probably right that his struggles have hurt his trade value in roto. So, don't trade him, but he's worth holding. He's 20 and in AA already, striking out roughly a batter per inning. His struggles have mostly been due to walks, and throwing strikes is often the last thing to come around for young pitching prospects. Hold on to him, either until hi trade value comes back around or until he starts producing for your team. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trying not to scout stat lines but the start of the season so far for both Francis Martes & Erick Fedde hasn't been what I expected. Any concerns or do I need to relax as still early in the season?
(David from Atlantis)
The thing about scouting the stat line is that when you're walking guys like Martes is, you can go ahead and scout the stat line. You can't create that much self-inflicted damage, you just can't. Stuff is elite and I don't have long-term concerns because he's thrown strikes at every other level, but he's gonna have to make some adjustments.

I've gotten mostly positive reports on Fedde, it looks to me like he's being BABIP'd quite a bit. Also keep in mind there's rust to shake off there. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Francis Martes of the Astros figures out his control issues and takes a step forward this year?
(fightingmoose from Manitoba)
I don't know if he can figure out his control issues, but he has the stuff to strike out major league hitters, which is pretty rare (Jim Walsh)
2016-05-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on what's wrong with Francis Martes? He's struggled big time ever since moving up to AA late last season. Has his prospect stock dropped?
(Raleigh Fingers from Handlebar Mustache, FL)
There are a couple of things that Francis Martes is struggling with at the moment, most of which is fastball command. You can blow A-ball guys away with pure velocity but the AA level is a large jump. There are some issues on the backside of his delivery which give me concern to his overall command profile so lets let him have the chance to make an adjustment at AA and we can revisit him. (James Fisher)
2016-05-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Trying not to scout stat lines but the start of the season so far for Franklyn Kilome, Francis Martes & Erick Fedde hasn't been what I expected. Any concerns or do I need to relax as still early in the season?
(David from Atlantis)
I'm a believer in Martes and Kilome who both took huge steps forward last season, I wouldn't be concerned because of their age relative to the league they're playing in. They're going to be fine. The stuff is too good. (George Bissell)
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following prospects will be in the majors by the start of 2017? (Bradley Zimmer, Andrew Benintendi, Francis Martes, Ramiel Tapia, Ian Happ, Jorge Mateo)
(Taylor from Brookings)
Tapia, Zimmer. Maybe Martes, depending on team need. (Adam McInturff)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Francis Martes over/under of 40IP in the show? Pick one!
(Jmax from Niagara, On)
Under! Always pick the under on pitchers! In truth, I think that he's still a little ways away, and with the Astros having a bit more structure to their rotation this year, they won't have the openings that they did for young guys like last season. Could still be special, but I'd advise patience until 2017-2018. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Could you rank these pitchers for fantasy dynasty purposes. Jeff Hoffman, Brady Aiken, Dillon Tate, Aderson Espinoza, Francis Martes, Carson Fulmer, and Kolby Allard? Thanks.
(cracker73 from Florida)
Tate, Hoffman, Espinoza, Fullmer, Martes, Aiken, Allard (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)Would you prefer Anthony Alford or Francis Martes on a dynasty team. who has more upside and is either a better bet than the other to reach it?
(Brian from Wis)
Given my last anser, you probably won't be shocked that I love Anthony Alford. I'd bet on the OF. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the following pitching prospects: Anderson Espinoza, Francis Martes, Blake Snell, and Jose De Leon?
(Jeff from NY)
Snell, Martes, De Leon, Espinoza (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you are competing this season, who would you want more on your dynasty squad: Cody Reed, Francis Martes, Dillon Tate, or Anderson Espinoza (since he has to be in every question)?
(Alex from Austin)
Martes and Reed have the best chance of impacting in the majors this year, Martes is the guy for me. I think either could be a lights-out reliever right away (Reed was 99 with a Warthen-esque 90-91 SL in his one inning at the Cal-Carolina AS Game last year), but I'd trust Martes' arsenal and command for a better chance at starting effectively when he debuts. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised to see Anderson Espinoza so low (relatively) on this list. Is the hype on him Red Sox fan base driven, what does your gut say the ultimate outcome is for him compared to a guy like Francis Martes or Cody Reed? Difference in their rankings mostly age/experience based?
(ProBeauNO from New Orleans)
I don't think it's purely Red Sox fans driving the Espinoza hype. Naturally every fan base is interested in their own prospects, and Espinoza's brief, electric tenure is going to inspire some hype, but the tools are there to back it up. Our ranking is a reflection of our evaluation of the risk involved in his profile, the lack of innings, the time to impact, etc. A conservative ranking could look foolish down the line, but there are reasons to be conservative - though everyone will weigh them differently. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Greg, thanks for doing this chat! My question: Name five prospects currently not in the BP top 50 who have a chance to land there by mid-season. Basically, what 5 prospects do you see rising their stock substantially this year?
(Bill Clinton from Las Vegas)
Just drawing from the 101 here - Clint Frazier, Francis Martes, Harold Ramirez, Yusniel Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, (Greg Wellemeyer)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give us a couple prospects that you could see their stock blowing up this year? Robles and Espinoza aside
(Isaac from Akron)
Victor Robles blew up last year and he's my dude...Assuming you're looking for lower-level prospects with upside, not MLB-ready types, my favorites would have to be Francis Martes (Astros) and Brent Honeywell (Rays). Honeywell throws the screwball and so far nobody has been able to touch it. I also like Austin Riley (Braves). He's going to shoot up lists. If you're looking for the one big name prospect that I'm high on it's Nomar Mazara...I'm all in... (George Bissell)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Any estimate of Francis Martes ranking? I'm 100% on board with the hype!
(Sean from LA)
He and David Paulino are the two names to watch in Houston...I'm not sure where he will end up on the consensus BP ranks or Bret's fantasy rankings, but I think he's a top-10-15 pitching prospect in the minors right now. (George Bissell)
2015-12-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of the hyped pitching prospects of Anderson Espinoza, Jose de Leon, Francis Martes, and Blake Snell, how would you rank these guys in obtainable upside?
(Viktor from MD)
Very good question. Well, I think we have to list Snell first, because he has the least volatility right now. I'd actually say Espinoza has the most upside of any pitcher on this list, but he's also the least likely to reach it because, well, baseball is hard. I'd go Snell, de Leon, Martes, Espinoza. I love all four. Go get all four. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to evaluate the upside of a few low minors arms - any of these guys have top of the rotation potential: Franklyn Kilome, Dylan Cease, Oscar De La Cruz, Francis Martes, or Devin Williams?
(Jose from CA)
I think you could maybe argue Kilkome but even that seems like a reach. I'd say none of those guys pitches at the top of a big league rotation. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)when do you think we'll see Francis Martes? he seems to be a guy everyone enjoys talking about as a fun guy to watch pitch.
(JoeRandom from San Jose)
I've been effusive in my praise of him for a reason, up there with De Leon & Newcomb in some order as the best arms I saw in the Cal last year. I thought the FB/CB combo was good enough that he ostensibly could've contributed in the 'pen down the stretch last year if the 'stros had wanted to go that route, but he'd already jumped his innings pretty significantly by the time AA closed up shop and had all of 14 innings above High-A. He's a September candidate next year at the earliest I think, as I'd imagine they'll want to see how he responds to a full season's worth of starting in the high minors. He *just* turned 20, after all. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Greg. Any thoughts and opinions on Francis Martes & Franklyn Kilome? Any chance each have a potential to be role 6 SP?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
I haven't seen either one but I sure do like what I've heard. I follow way too many Phillies guys on Twitter (hate the Phils but a lot of smart guys cover their system), so I had early strong feelings for Kilome and the buzz is getting louder. Didn't know much about Martes until recently but seems every time I hear something, it's glowing. Definitely a big leap in 2015. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following pitching prospects...Francis Martes, Joe Musgrove, Anderson Espinoza, Franklyn Kilome, Colin Rea, Chih-Wei Hu, Wei-Chieh Huang
(Festivus313 from Phoenix)
Kilome is ahead of the rest of those guys and then Musgrove but after that this is where my lack of deeper minor league knowledge hurts me. I'd guess Marte, Rea, Huang, and Hu but to be honest I don't have a good feel for where these guys should truly sit. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mauricio. Any opinion and thoughts on Francis Martes & Franklyn Kilome? Is it possible to say each have a possibility to be a role 6 starting pitcher?
(Something to Dream On from Far Away From the Show)
I've heard very good reports on Martes and Kilome. I think Martes in particular has the 6 upside. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jeff. I know they are forever away but any opinion and thoughts on Francis Martes, Franklyn Kilome, & Luiz Gohara. Any chance their potentials could be a role 6 starter?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
Two things. First I'm not a scout, so I'd defer to our prospect team here. Second is that when it comes to pitching prospects I tend to lean towards big stuff, especially breaking balls, in valuing guys. So, with that said, I think your order makes some sense. Martes has the highest upside to me, with Kilome likely having a higher floor. Gohara is a ways away but the raw stuff is impressive. Martes has the best shot at being a role 6 guy (or better) but they're all intriguing arms. (Jeff Long)
2015-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson. Are there any Low Minor players whose name is not yet widely recognized and you are looking to keep an eye on as the season concludes to possibly jump on for a name breakout next year?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
Leaving out the '15 draftees, Victor Robles is probably the biggest helium guy of the year. Our Mark Anderson just tossed three 7's onto his ledger, linked below. Javier Guerra and Amed Rosario are a couple interesting shortstops. And while another one, Jorge Mateo, has gotten a lot of attention for his wheels, Rockies A-ball CFer Wes Rogers is a dude with a similar skillset & more polished hit tool. Potential SB beast. Jomar Reyes is a fan favorite of our scouting team. Amaurys Minier & Lewin Diaz in the Twins system are also both interesting raw power bats. Arms you'll be hearing a lot more about include Anderson Espinoza, Franklyn Kilome, Michael Kopech (though he's suspended), and the now-in-High-A Francis Martes (whose CB is just disgusting). (Wilson Karaman)
2015-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Francis Martes and A.J. Reed FV changes from the beginning of the year to the present? Specifically what's Martes' ceiling?
(csa55 from Houston)
Two of my dudes. I think Reed was typecast a bit coming into the season, and when I saw him out of the gate at Lancaster he was getting beaten by velocity. That changed in a hurry though and he's just been an absolute monster. I'm bullish he'll be a middle of the order hitter, wrote him up here:

And there are a few guys like Martes every year: live-armed rookie ball guys who turn a corner. I'll have a full report up after I see him again next week, but he's got two potential 7's, a third that can be average-or-better, and flashes an ability to harness the arsenal. It's TOR stuff, big time ceiling. (Wilson Karaman)

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