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Portrait of J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez LFRed Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
8 3767 .292 .353 .534 127 14.0
Birth Date8-21-1987
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age31 years, 4 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.92014
3.02015
0.42016
3.42017
6.02018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2011 HOU 23 53 226 57 13 0 6 13 48 2 0 1 .274 .319 .423 99 1.0 -2.4 3.1 0.7
2012 HOU 24 113 439 95 14 3 11 40 96 1 0 2 .241 .311 .375 89 -3.4 -4.0 -9.4 -0.8
2013 HOU 25 86 310 74 17 0 7 10 82 0 2 0 .250 .272 .378 73 -8.0 -2.3 -9.2 -1.5
2014 DET 26 123 480 139 30 3 23 30 126 3 6 3 .315 .358 .553 133 19.7 0.6 -3.3 2.9
2015 DET 27 158 657 168 33 2 38 53 178 5 3 2 .282 .344 .535 134 28.9 -3.9 -7.5 3.0
2016 DET 28 120 517 141 35 2 22 49 128 3 1 2 .307 .373 .535 117 12.9 -7.3 -11.2 0.4
2017 ARI 29 62 257 70 13 1 29 24 74 0 2 0 .302 .366 .741 163 21.6 -2.4 -3.9 2.0
2017 DET 29 57 232 61 13 2 16 29 54 0 2 0 .305 .388 .630 157 17.7 -1.5 -6.3 1.4
2018 BOS 30 150 649 188 37 2 43 69 146 4 6 1 .330 .402 .629 162 51.2 -3.9 1.5 6.0
Career922376799320515195317932182211.292.353.534127141.5-27.0-46.314.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2009 TCV A- 53 208 .242 .317 .341 .360 106 12.7 5.9 -2.7 151 2 4.0 -1.5 12.8 1.9
2009 GRV Rk 19 83 .253 .326 .372 .448 113 9.1 2.5 -1.2 189 4 0.1 1.1 18.5 2.1
2010 LEX A 88 393 .259 .328 .383 .399 98 39.5 11.2 -4.9 157 2 6.3 -2.1 28.4 3.9
2010 CCH AA 50 207 .265 .339 .389 .375 96 1.7 6.0 -2.1 94 2 -2.1 -2.1 -0.9 -0.1
2011 HOU MLB 53 226 .255 .317 .396 .325 101 -0.5 6.1 -1.5 99 15 3.1 -2.4 1.0 0.7
2011 CCH AA 88 370 .268 .334 .408 .367 106 23.3 10.9 -3.3 136 1 -8.0 -0.8 18.0 1.7
2012 HOU MLB 113 439 .254 .317 .406 .290 99 -9.6 12.0 -3 89 18 -9.4 -4.0 -3.4 -0.8
2012 OKL AAA 23 95 .272 .338 .420 .284 93 -7.3 2.8 -0.9 71 2 -1.1 -1.7 -2.9 -0.4
2013 HOU MLB 86 310 .257 .315 .403 .319 99 -4.8 8.1 -2.6 73 15 -9.2 -2.3 -8.0 -1.5
2013 CCH AA 5 20 .258 .312 .389 .278 99 0.6 0.5 -0.2 103 6 -0.7 0.0 0.1 0.0
2014 DET MLB 123 480 .257 .318 .394 .389 108 26.5 12.4 -3.5 133 12 -3.3 0.6 19.7 2.9
2014 TOL AAA 17 71 .262 .330 .393 .263 104 7.2 2.1 -0.8 154 4 -0.2 -0.5 4.9 0.5
2015 DET MLB 158 657 .254 .311 .403 .339 103 28.1 17.7 -6.9 134 10 -7.5 -3.9 28.9 3.0
2016 DET MLB 120 517 .255 .319 .421 .378 106 22.2 14.6 -5.5 117 12 -11.2 -7.3 12.9 0.4
2016 TOL AAA 8 38 .255 .333 .385 .400 100 -0.5 1.1 -0.6 87 3 0.4 0.5 -0.5 0.1
2017 ARI MLB 62 257 .255 .324 .430 .315 98 24.4 7.5 -2.8 163 17 -3.9 -2.4 21.6 2.0
2017 DET MLB 57 232 .253 .319 .423 .338 109 15.3 6.8 -2.6 157 17 -6.3 -1.5 17.7 1.4
2017 LAK A+ 2 8 .255 .336 .348 .333 82 1.8 0.2 -0.1 96 6 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0
2017 TOL AAA 4 18 .245 .317 .371 .000 94 -2.4 0.5 -0.2 99 3 -0.5 -0.3 0.0 0.0
2018 BOS MLB 150 649 .250 .319 .418 .375 107 53 18.2 -9.3 162 13 1.5 -3.9 51.2 6.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2009 TCV A- 208 187 25 61 15 2 7 101 33 15 30 1 0 .326 .385 .540 .214 0 0
2009 GRV Rk 83 77 17 31 9 1 5 57 23 5 14 0 0 .403 .446 .740 .338 0 0
2010 CCH AA 207 189 24 57 9 1 3 77 25 15 42 2 2 .302 .359 .407 .106 0 0
2010 LEX A 393 348 83 126 31 3 15 208 64 33 55 3 0 .362 .434 .598 .236 0 0
2011 HOU MLB 226 208 29 57 13 0 6 88 35 13 48 0 1 .274 .319 .423 .149 3 0
2011 CCH AA 370 317 50 107 25 1 13 173 72 42 55 1 0 .338 .414 .546 .208 7 0
2012 OKL AAA 95 90 6 21 6 0 0 27 4 4 17 0 1 .233 .263 .300 .067 1 0
2012 HOU MLB 439 395 34 95 14 3 11 148 55 40 96 0 2 .241 .311 .375 .134 2 0
2013 CCH AA 20 20 1 6 2 0 1 11 5 0 1 0 0 .300 .300 .550 .250 0 0
2013 HOU MLB 310 296 24 74 17 0 7 112 36 10 82 2 0 .250 .272 .378 .128 3 0
2014 DET MLB 480 441 57 139 30 3 23 244 76 30 126 6 3 .315 .358 .553 .238 6
2014 TOL AAA 71 65 16 20 3 1 10 55 22 3 17 2 0 .308 .366 .846 .538 0
2015 DET MLB 657 596 93 168 33 2 38 319 102 53 178 3 2 .282 .344 .535 .253 3 0
2016 DET MLB 517 460 69 141 35 2 22 246 68 49 128 1 2 .307 .373 .535 .228 5 0
2016 TOL AAA 38 36 3 10 3 0 0 13 5 1 11 1 0 .278 .316 .361 .083 0 0
2017 DET MLB 232 200 38 61 13 2 16 126 39 29 54 2 0 .305 .388 .630 .325 3 0
2017 LAK A+ 8 8 2 3 1 0 1 7 2 0 1 0 0 .375 .375 .875 .500 0 0
2017 ARI MLB 257 232 47 70 13 1 29 172 65 24 74 2 0 .302 .366 .741 .440 1 0
2017 TOL AAA 18 15 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 2 6 0 0 .067 .167 .267 .200 1 0
2018 BOS MLB 649 569 111 188 37 2 43 358 130 69 146 6 1 .330 .402 .629 .299 7 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2011 848 0.5059 0.5142 0.7202 0.7063 0.3174 0.8482 0.4286 0.2798 -0.0048
2012 1641 0.4832 0.4625 0.7628 0.6520 0.2854 0.8511 0.5744 0.2372 -0.0025
2013 1171 0.4953 0.5201 0.7307 0.6828 0.3604 0.8308 0.5446 0.2693 0.0017
2014 1846 0.4892 0.5547 0.7090 0.7608 0.3574 0.8035 0.5163 0.2910 0.0048
2015 2578 0.4697 0.5314 0.6934 0.7382 0.3482 0.7998 0.4937 0.3066 -0.0054
2016 2025 0.4691 0.5254 0.7068 0.7516 0.3256 0.8221 0.4714 0.2932 0.0000
2017 1931 0.4593 0.5080 0.6871 0.7441 0.3075 0.7848 0.4860 0.3129 0.0000
2018 2514 0.4487 0.5036 0.7188 0.7420 0.3095 0.8244 0.5128 0.2812 0.0000
Career145540.47280.51590.71320.72830.32620.81670.50510.2868-0.0008

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
2014-07-23 2014-07-25 DTD 2 2 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2013-07-27 2013-09-13 15-DL 48 44 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2013-04-20 2013-05-06 15-DL 16 16 Right Knee Sprain - -
2012-09-22 2012-10-04 DTD 12 11 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2012-09-26 -
2012-07-31 2012-08-03 DTD 3 2 - Elbow Soreness Slipped In Dugout - -
2012-07-22 2012-07-23 DTD 1 1 - Shoulder Contusion Running Into Wall a Few Days Ago - -
2012-07-03 2012-07-03 DTD 0 0 Left Hip Strain Gluteal Muscles - -
2011-09-27 2011-09-28 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Contusion - -
2011-05-06 2011-05-20 Minors 14 0 Not Disclosed -
2011-03-01 2011-03-05 Camp 4 0 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2022 BOS $19,375,000
2021 BOS $19,375,000
2020 BOS $23,750,000
2019 BOS $23,750,000
2018 BOS $23,750,000
2017 DET $11,750,000
2016 DET $6,750,000
2015 DET $3,000,000
2014 DET $
2013 HOU $497,800
2012 HOU $483,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$46,230,800
2018Current$23,750,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$69,980,800
3 yrFuture$62,500,000
10 yrTotal$132,480,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 36 dBoras Corp.5 years/$110M (2018-22)

Details
  • 5 years/$110M (2018-22). Signed by Boston as a free agent 2/26/18. 18:$23.75M, 19:$23.75M, 20:$23.75M, 21:$19.375M, 22:$19.375M. May opt out of contract after both 2019 ($2.5M buyout) and 2020 seasons (no buyout). 2021 and 2022 seasons become mutual options if Martinez has a Lisfranc injury or complication to his right foot causing him to be: 1) on the disabled list for 60 days or more in previous season, or 2) on the disabled list for 10 days or more in the previous season and 120 days or more in the two previous seasons combined, or 3) on the disabled list at the end of the previous season and found not able to play at the start of the next season. Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to 3 clubs annually).
  • 2 years/$18.5M (2016-17). Signed extension with Detroit 2/8/16 (avoided arbitration, $8M-$6M). 16:$6.75M, 17:$11.75M. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Detroit 7/18/17.
  • 1 year/$3M (2015). Re-signed by Detroit 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2014). Released by Houston 3/22/14. Signed by Detroit as a free agent 3/24/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Detroit 4/21/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4978M (2013). Re-signed by Houston 3/13. Sent outright to Triple-A by Houston 11/20/13.
  • 1 year/$0.483M (2012). Re-signed by Houston 3/2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Houston 7/30/11.
  • Drafted by Houston 2009 (20-611) (Nova Southeastern). $30,000 signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 647 98 181 39 2 36 112 55 164 4 2 .310 .372 .568 .320 54.2 LF 0, RF -1 5.5
80o 632 92 171 37 2 34 106 52 163 4 2 .299 .360 .549 .310 45.7 LF 0, RF -1 4.6
70o 621 89 165 35 2 33 102 50 162 4 2 .293 .353 .537 .303 39.7 LF 0, RF -1 4.0
60o 612 86 159 34 2 32 99 49 162 4 1 .286 .346 .527 .297 34.8 LF 0, RF -1 3.4
50o 603 83 154 33 2 31 96 47 161 4 1 .281 .339 .517 .292 30.3 LF 0, RF -1 3.0
40o 594 81 150 32 2 30 93 45 160 4 1 .277 .334 .509 .286 25.8 LF 0, RF -1 2.6
30o 585 78 144 31 2 29 90 44 159 3 1 .269 .326 .497 .280 21.3 LF 0, RF -1 2.0
20o 574 75 137 29 2 27 87 42 158 3 1 .260 .317 .477 .273 16.1 LF 0, RF -1 1.6
10o 559 71 129 28 1 26 82 39 157 3 1 .251 .306 .461 .264 9.3 LF 0, RF -1 0.9
Weighted Mean6048415533231974716141.282.340.518.29230.9LF 0, RF -13.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201931463691142812677391302.275.339.537.3011.925.6-3.6-3.112.419.9-7.9
202032407601012312367341141.273.336.525.2961.520.3-3.2-2.810.915.4-6.9
202133415611032412368341170.273.336.527.2971.520.8-3.3-3.011.116.0-7.0
20223436854912012161311050.272.336.526.2961.318.1-2.9-2.89.913.9-6.3
2023353184677181175126910.267.330.516.2910.913.8-2.5-2.58.510.3-5.4
2024362854168161154523820.263.324.506.2860.711.0-2.2-2.37.67.9-4.8
2025372243254121123519650.265.329.508.2880.69.0-1.8-1.96.06.7-3.8
2026382243254121123518650.264.325.505.2860.58.4-1.8-1.96.06.1-3.8
2027392012948110113216590.264.325.504.2860.47.5-1.6-1.85.45.5-3.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 87 Matt Kemp 2015 ?
2 85 Reggie Jackson 1976 ?
3 84 Carlos Gonzalez 2016 ?
4 83 Bobby Bonds 1976 ?
5 81 Darryl Strawberry 1992 ?
6 81 Juan Gonzalez 2000 ?
7 81 Danny Tartabull 1993 ?
8 80 Sammy Sosa 1999 ?
9 80 Mark Trumbo 2016 ?
10 80 George Foster 1979 ?
11 79 Dale Murphy 1986 ?
12 79 Jesse Barfield 1990 ?
13 79 Albert Belle 1997 ?
14 79 Duke Snider 1957 ?
15 79 Dave Parker 1981 ?
16 78 Jim Rice 1983 ?
17 78 Willie Stargell 1970 ?
18 78 Kirk Gibson 1987 ?
19 78 Jason Bay 2009 ?
20 78 Ken Griffey 2000 ?
21 78 Nelson Cruz 2011 ?
22 78 Larry Doby 1954 ?
23 78 Pedro Guerrero 1986 ?
24 77 Eric Davis 1992 ?
25 77 Shawn Green 2003 ?
26 77 Josh Hamilton 2011 ?
27 77 Yoenis Cespedes 2016 ?
28 77 Brad Hawpe 2009 ?
29 77 Cecil Fielder 1994 ?
30 76 Mike Napoli 2012 ?
31 76 Mike Easler 1981 ?
32 76 Al Rosen 1954 ?
33 76 Jose Canseco 1995 ?
34 76 Kevin Mitchell 1992 ?
35 76 Chris Davis 2016 ?
36 76 Greg Luzinski 1981 ?
37 76 Pedro Alvarez 2017 ?
38 76 Jay Buhner 1995 ?
39 76 Jayson Werth 2009 ?
40 75 Mike Marshall 1990 ?
41 75 Mark Reynolds 2014 ?
42 75 Fred McGriff 1994 ?
43 75 Ryan Howard 2010 ?
44 75 Dick Allen 1972 ?
45 75 Chris Carter 2017 ?
46 75 Matt Holliday 2010 ?
47 75 Manny Ramirez 2002 ?
48 74 Andy Seminick 1951 ?
49 74 Frank Howard 1967 ?
50 74 Corey Hart 2012 ?
51 74 Mo Vaughn 1998 ?
52 74 Mike Schmidt 1980 ?
53 74 Andre Dawson 1985 ?
54 74 Cliff Johnson 1978 ?
55 74 Evan Gattis 2017 ?
56 74 J.D. Drew 2006 ?
57 74 Matt Williams 1996 ?
58 74 Rob Deer 1991 ?
59 74 Ernie Banks 1961 ?
60 74 Reggie Sanders 1998 ?
61 74 Hank Aaron 1964 ?
62 74 Jeromy Burnitz 1999 ?
63 74 Shin-Soo Choo 2013 ?
64 73 Dwight Evans 1982 ?
65 73 Andruw Jones 2007 ?
66 73 Richie Sexson 2005 ?
67 73 Carlos Delgado 2002 ?
68 73 Alex Rodriguez 2006 ?
69 73 Lee May 1973 ?
70 73 Cliff Floyd 2003 ?
71 73 Richie Zisk 1979 ?
72 73 Jimmy Wynn 1972 ?
73 73 Jose Abreu 2017 ?
74 73 Harmon Killebrew 1966 ?
75 73 Roy Campanella 1952 ?
76 73 Derrek Lee 2006 ?
77 73 David Ortiz 2006 ?
78 73 Gil Hodges 1954 ?
79 73 Jay Bruce 2017 ?
80 72 Brant Alyea 1971 ?
81 72 Roger Maris 1965 ?
82 72 Willie McCovey 1968 ?
83 72 Jimmie Hall 1968 ?
84 72 Ryan Ludwick 2009 ?
85 72 Ryan Braun 2014 ?
86 72 Gorman Thomas 1981 ?
87 72 Johnny Blanchard 1963 ?
88 72 Todd Hundley 1999 ?
89 72 Adam Dunn 2010 ?
90 71 Luke Scott 2008 ?
91 71 Mark McGwire 1994 ?
92 71 Howard Johnson 1991 ?
93 71 Joe Adcock 1958 ?
94 71 Vern Stephens 1951 ?
95 71 Craig Wilson 2007 ?
96 71 Wally Post 1960 ?
97 71 Mack Jones 1969 ?
98 71 Dave Winfield 1982 ?
99 71 Jung-ho Kang 2017 ? DNP
100 71 Willie Mays 1961 ?

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .290 .354 .524 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .297 .357 .527 ?
18 Split (Multi) .007 .004 .003 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 ?
30 vs L (2016) .306 .348 .512 ?
31 vs R (2016) .307 .382 .543 ?
38 Split (2016) .001 .033 .030 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Perhaps it was an act of divine providence that someone named Just Dingers Martinez would end up playing professional baseball. Public records may indicate that his given name is Julio Daniel, but we know the truth. Martinez has quietly been one of the best right-handed hitters in the game for years now, and the Diamondbacks got him for a song from Detroit at midseason. He touched down in Arizona and promptly did his best to live up to that name of his, which the Diamondbacks' broadcasters were so fond of calling him. He went as far as to have a four-homer game, only the 18th player to ever do so. He also hit for plenty of average, finishing above .300 for the third time in four years. Most impressively he launched 45 homers despite missing 43 games, which makes you wonder what he can do if he plays a full season.
2017 While the Tigers struck gold on this homeriffic corner outfielder for cheap, it's the "outfielder" part that gives long-term concern in Martinez's walk year. He has a fabulous arm, but otherwise struggled mightily on batted balls in his fiefdom. His attempt at a running catch in June resulted in a wall collision that broke his wrist, sidelining him for 40 games. But his very next at-bat was the stuff of legends: tie-game, pinch-hitter, Chris Sale on the mound and the first pitch went 440 feet into the center field shrubbery. All discussions of Martinez come back to his power. He led all right fielders in OPS, but if his right fielding is a liability, he can easily pass as one of the league's top first basemen.
2016 Just when we thought 2014 was a breakout/overachievement year, Martinez broke out again in '15; who knows how many more boxes he's trapped inside. The All-Star set the Tigers mark for most home runs in a season by a right fielder, and that was Al Kaline's position. Nine of Martinez's homers were in the eighth inning or later, and 17 of them were to the right of dead center. He is now an elite two-tool player, the second being the throwing arm, one of the most accurate on the corners. He swings far too much to get the OBP beyond .350 and possesses unremarkable speed and defensive range. He cannot carry a lineup, but he can be the Roger Maris. It has now been two years since Martinez was released by the Astros to make room for Robbie Grossman.
2015 Last year, we wrote that "mediocrity ... will be what sends Martinez to pasture for good." Sure, Detroit's population is dwindling but "pastoral" is not entirely descriptive. His perceived mediocrity led him there, though, as he was released by the Astros during spring training. Thereafter, he became anything but mediocre. A piping hot April in Triple-A forced him into Detroit's patchwork outfield and he eventually secured the left field job for the season. Martinez took the initiative to retool his swing and became a feared no. 5 hitter, leading the AL in late-inning home runs—closers love fastballs and so does he. He'll deserve to start in a corner, but expecting another batting line straight from the George Brett archives would be a bit much.
2014 Knee and wrist injuries sidelined Martinez for two months, further dimming his major-league outlook in a season in which he was below average in every aspect of the game. (He was two-for-two stealing bases, at least?) That Martinez finished seventh on the Astros in plate appearances despite his ugly, ugly season is either an indictment of the team or a sign that the plan (no. 1 overall draft pick secured! Again!) is working. Martinez hit the absolute snot out of the ball in the minors, but the swing mechanics haven't translated to big-league success, so, with an invasion of sexy prospects twirling their way into the Astros' outfield, mediocrity, rather than injuries, will be what sends Martinez to pasture for good.
2013 In the “you pick the punch line” contest, the Astros sent Martinez, then the team's RBI leader, to the minors on August 10. Martinez has always had a scouts-defying swing, and has had to over-produce to earn his chances. So the fact that his walk and home-run rates (in addition to his RBIs) remained about the same in 2012 wasn't enough, given that his production of base hits (especially doubles) dropped. He didn't do anything during his demotion to inspire confidence, and with nothing to offer defensively or on the basepaths, his career has started down the path of the “Brett Wallace Express” to Quadruple-A.
2012 Martinez can hit. He hasn't been highly regarded as a prospect due to an unconventional swing and a flat swing plane that's expected to limit his power, but he escaped the minors after just 1261 plate appearances and hit .342/.407/.551 combined in that time. He entered 2011 with an above-average defensive reputation, but that's been downgraded—by both scouting reports and metrics—to below-average. His 2011 TAv wasn't suggestive of the middle-of-the-order hitter he's expected to be, but Martinez hadn't played full-season ball until 2010, so more growth can be expected in 2012—and beyond—than from the typical 24-year-old second-year player. While Martinez sacrifices some power with his batting approach, he blasts line drives all around the diamond. He may swing and miss a lot early in the count, but his approach allows him to avoid striking out—expect his major-league strikeout rate to decline from over 20 percent to somewhere near his Double-A rate of 14.9.
2011 Martinez has accomplished quite a lot since becoming the Astros' 20th-round draft pick out of Division-II Nova Southeastern University in 2009. He won the short-season New York-Penn League batting title in his professional debut, then took home the Sally League MVP award last year, earning a promotion to Double-A. Questions still surround Martinez, most of them concerning whether he will develop enough power to play a corner outfield spot in the major leagues (you can dismiss all those home runs at Lexington). He'll have to, because he lacks the range to play center. He will try to take another step toward answering that question in the affirmative as he returns to Corpus Christi to start this season, but it's hard not to like what he's done to this point.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-09-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Did Dave Dombrowski blow it again by not supplementing the Boston bullpen with some reinforcements. Or at least reinforce it with some supplements?
(Fred Fredderson from South Lodi, Baja California)
Even rental relievers seem to fetch better returns than say, J.D. Martinez did last year at the deadline (no offense, Mr. Lugo), so there is some cost here, and frankly, the Red Sox have one of the worst systems in baseball at this point, so he may not have had the ammo to make meaningful upgrades. That said--the system is very bad, and they probably don't have much by way of internal reinforcements either. Dombrowski already traded a lot of prospect capital in the first place to get his hands on Kimbrel and Thornburg, too.

The bullpen definitely looks like the weak spot on that team, but it's not that bad, even if it isn't exactly a weapon. Theoretically Eovaldi is a supplement come postseason with shortened rotations, right? (Nick Schaefer)
2017-09-07 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. So if new Marlins management (read: Jeter) insists on going through with it, which team has the proper alignment of need, finances and assets to pull off a deal for Stanton? What might that deal look like?
(wileecoyote121 from Mamaroneck, NY)
The Angels have the need and the finances but not the assets. The Diamondbacks might be a good match on all three fronts if they don't re-sign J.D. Martinez. The Yankees could always be a player, although if Judge bounces back from his second-half struggles and the rumors about Bryce Harper wanting to play in the Bronx are true, there might be a roster issue. The Red Sox seem to have their outfield situation set for the next few years. The Nats could be a player, especially if they expect to loser Harper. The Brewers are an interesting possibility since they've been stockpiling cash and prospects and might be getting close to cashing them in. And you never know what Jerry Dipoto might do in Seattle. (Scooter Hotz)
2017-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the best, most reasonable comp for Eloy Jimenez?
(Spencer Macklin from Downtown Des Moines, Iowa)
Eloy was our prospect team's highest rated position prospect who doesn't play an up-the-middle defensive position. Name your favorite bat-first RHB corner outfielder, I suspect. J.D. Martinez? (Nick Schaefer)
2016-09-08 19:00:00 (link to chat)Just curious as of now who is your favorite player and why? Do you suggest always having him on your fantasy baseball team ?
(Wally from FL)
That's an extremely difficult question. It's a tie between Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez among hitters right now. Julio Urias or Marcus Stroman among pitchers. I'll go with someone a bit more obscure for the purposes of this question. The pitcher that I think about on a daily basis is Ben Rowen. He's a submarine pitcher that's now with the Brewers. He's fascinating to me. The other two obscure pitchers I'm obsessed with are Eddie Gamboa, a 31-year-old knuckleballer with the Rays and Robby Scott, a Red Sox lefty who throws from different arm slots to right and left handed batters. It's surreal. (George Bissell)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)No question. Just want to say how much it sucks to see J.D. Martinez go down with a fractured elbow. Injuries suck.
(Eddy from Miami)
It's awful. Big fan of Martinez. (Bret Sayre)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, I have a trade that I'm contemplating. It is for my 16 team Dynasty H2H with OBP and TB. We must start 3 RP and have the flexibility of 3 Utl spots. I recently had a hole at 1B and traded Sano for J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter. Carter helped fill the hole at 1B. I have an offer on the table for Jose Abreu and A. Bailey for Strasberg and K-Rod. In my other 2 RP slots I have Jansen and Ramos. Loosing Strasberg would leave me with Corrasco, Maedea, Pomeranz, J. Hammel, Karns, Rubby De La Rosa, Manea, Snell, Minor, and Greene. Should I make the trade? Will my pitching survive? Does Abreu make a significant upgrade in a offense with Posey, Carter, Rendon, Franco, Tulo, Springer, J.D Martinez, Kemp, Choo, M. Upton, and Morales? Thanks for your help...
(CharJaco from CA)
Abreu is slumping but that's still fair plus you're getting a closer for a reliever in Bailey who isn't likely to get saves any time in the near future. It's Hector Neris if Jeanmar Gomez falters. Do the deal. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jim, I have a trade that I'm contemplating. It is for my 16 team Dynasty H2H with OBP and TB. We must start 3 RP and have the flexibility of 3 Utl spots. I recently had a hole at 1B and traded Sano for J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter. Carter helped fill the hole at 1B. I have an offer on the table for Jose Abreu and A. Bailey for Strasberg and K-Rod. In my other 2 RP slots I have Jansen and Ramos. Loosing Strasberg would leave me with Corrasco, Maedea, Pomeranz, J. Hammel, Karns, Rubby De La Rosa, Manea, Snell, Minor, and Greene. Should I make the trade? Will my pitching survive? Does Abreu make a significant upgrade in a offense with Posey, Carter, Rendon, Franco, Tulo, Springer, J.D Martinez, Kemp, Choo, M. Upton, and Morales? Thanks for your patience...
(CharJaco from Ca)
For the record, I can't help on fantasy trades. My teams are decent, but not great. (Jim Walsh)
2016-05-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jim, I have a trade that I'm contemplating. It is for my 16 team Dynasty H2H with OBP and TB. We must start 3 RP and have the flexibility of 3 Utl spots. I recently had a hole at 1B and traded Sano for J.D. Martinez and Chris Carter. Carter helped fill the hole at 1B. I have an offer on the table for Jose Abreu and A. Bailey for Strasberg and K-Rod. In my other 2 RP slots I have Jansen and Ramos. Loosing Strasberg would leave me with Corrasco, Maedea, Pomeranz, J. Hammel, Karns, Rubby De La Rosa, Manea, Snell, Minor, and Greene. Should I make the trade? Will my pitching survive? Does Abreu make a significant upgrade in a offense with Posey, Carter, Rendon, Franco, Tulo, Springer, J.D Martinez, Kemp, Choo, M. Upton, and Morales? Thanks for your patience...
(CharJaco from Ca)
For the record, I can't help on fantasy trades. My teams are decent, but not great. I do like Rubby a lot though. (Jim Walsh)
2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is more likely to maintain 2014 production: J.D. Martinez or Steve Pearce?
(cgoble from KC)
Martinez, but obvious caveat is obvious. (Sam Miller)
2014-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which player's breakout is more likely to be for real and which one (if any) is a one year wonder: Lucas Duda or J.D. Martinez?
(Liam from KC)
Hi, Liam. I actually believe in both of these breakouts. The swing adjustments that J.D. Martinez made, profiled here by Ryan Parker (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24239) seem legit, and Duda does so much damage against right-handed pitchers that a little deflation from lefties won't knock him down too much. (Daniel Rathman)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)12 team roto dynasty league. Standard 5x5 keep whole roster. Guy wants give me Bogaerts and Archie Bradley for Baez. Do I have to do this? Fluctuating between 1st and 2nd right now. Already have D. Gordon, Dozier, and Utley. Only Hanley at SS. Would probably drop Calhoun, J.D. Martinez, Duda, or C.J. Wilson.
(Scott from SC)
Pull the trigger. Baez won't have a good WHIP for the rest of the year. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)J.D. Martinez or Alex Gordon ROS?
(Tino from NY)
Alex Gordon, and at the end of the season, I'm not so sure that it's even close. (J.P. Breen)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given J.D. Martinez's recent hot streak, what's a range of names that I should to get if I am trying to "sell high?"
(Zim from Telluride)
Completely depends on your roster construction, what past trades have looked like in your league, and whether it's a dynasty or re-draft league. My apologies on being obtuse, but it's too difficult to offer concrete help on something like this, unless I had more context and info. If I'm an opposing fantasy owner, I'm not paying much for J.D. Martinez whatsoever. I might kick the tires and hope the price is low, but I'm not giving up much. (J.P. Breen)


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