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Victor Martinez

35-Year-Old Designated Hitter – Detroit Tigers

2014 Stats

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.333

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3

RBI

7

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4

SB

1

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

A slow start to the season made it look like Martinez’s year-long absence due to a knee injury may have kick-started the downward spiral of his career. After the first two months of the season, Martin...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 210   DOB: 12/23/1978   BORN: Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Victor Martinez Contract Information:

Agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract in November of 2010.

April 9, 2014  –  Victor Martinez News

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Victor Martinez Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 26 MAJ CLE 147 622 547 73 167 53 33 0 20 80 0 1 63 78 0 7 5 .305 .378 .475 .853
2006 27 MAJ CLE 153 652 572 82 181 53 37 0 16 93 0 0 71 78 0 6 3 .316 .391 .465 .856
2007 28 MAJ CLE 147 645 562 78 169 65 40 0 25 114 0 0 62 76 0 11 10 .301 .374 .505 .879
2008 29 AA AKR 2 7 6 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .333 .429 .833 1.262
2008 29 AAA BUF 6 25 20 2 6 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 4 4 0 1 0 .300 .400 .400 .800
2008 29 MAJ CLE 73 294 266 30 74 19 17 0 2 35 0 0 24 32 0 3 1 .278 .337 .365 .701
2009 30 MAJ CLE 99 435 377 56 107 37 21 1 15 67 0 0 51 51 0 5 2 .284 .368 .464 .832
2009 30 MAJ BOS 56 237 211 32 71 20 12 0 8 41 1 0 24 23 0 1 1 .336 .405 .507 .912
2009  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ CLE/BOS 155 672 588 88 178 57 33 1 23 108 1 0 75 74 0 6 3 .303 .381 .480 .861
2010 31 MAJ BOS 127 538 493 64 149 53 32 1 20 79 1 0 40 52 0 5 0 .302 .351 .493 .844
2011 32 AAA Tol 2 8 6 1 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .667 1.167
2011 32 MAJ DET 145 595 540 76 178 52 40 0 12 103 1 0 46 51 0 7 2 .330 .380 .470 .850
2013 34 MAJ DET 159 668 605 68 182 50 36 0 14 83 0 2 54 62 0 8 1 .301 .355 .430 .785
2014 35 MAJ DET 14 55 48 4 16 4 1 0 3 7 1 1 6 2 0 1 0 .333 .400 .542 .942
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Victor Martinez
3-Year Averages MAJ   152 630 572 72 180 51 38 0 13 93 0 1 50 56 0 7 1 .315 .367 .449 .816
Career  (View All) MAJ   1322 5542 4932 657 1496 475 312 3 160 831 5 6 517 597 0 62 31 .303 .369 .465 .834

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Victor Martinez Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 19 LAA 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .542 .942
Apr. 18 LAA 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .304 .353 .457 .810
Apr. 17 Cle 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .317 .370 .488 .858
Apr. 16 Cle 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316 .357 .500 .857
Apr. 15 Cle Did not play.
Apr. 13 @SD 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .316 .486 .802
Apr. 12 @SD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .290 .324 .516 .840
Apr. 11 @SD 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .333 .533 .866
Apr. 9 @LAD 3 2 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .321 .333 .571 .904
Apr. 8 @LAD 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .240 .240 .400 .640
Apr. 6 Bal 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .238 .429 .667
Apr. 5 Bal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .176 .353 .529
Apr. 4 Bal 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .462 .693
Apr. 3 KC Did not play.
Apr. 2 KC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .625 .875
Mar. 31 KC 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Last 7 Days 18 1 7 0 0 1 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 .389 .500 .556 1.056
Last 14 Days 40 3 14 1 0 2 6 6 1 1 1 0 1 2 .350 .426 .525 .951
Last 30 Days 48 4 16 1 0 3 7 6 2 1 1 0 1 2 .333 .400 .542 .942

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Victor Martinez: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 2 5 8
2013 3 11 139
2012
2011 26 6 112
2010 110 14 4
2009 85 70 3

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Victor Martinez Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013226255270.279.412.735
2011148184341.311.459.823

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013379439560.314.441.813
2011392588690.337.474.861

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013309367480.314.450.817
2011267425491.326.464.840

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013296327350.287.409.750
2011273347540.333.476.860
Victor Martinez Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 26 MAJ CLE 622 547 10.1% 12.5% 0.81 86% .327 .170
2006 27 MAJ CLE 652 572 10.9% 12% 0.91 86% .345 .149
2007 28 MAJ CLE 645 562 9.6% 11.8% 0.82 86% .312 .204
2008 29 AA AKR 7 6 14.3% 28.6% 0.50 67% .333 .500
2008 29 AAA BUF 25 20 16% 16% 1.00 80% .375 .100
2008 29 MAJ CLE 294 266 8.2% 10.9% 0.75 88% .310 .087
2009 30 MAJ CLE 435 377 11.7% 11.7% 1.00 86% .296 .180
2009 30 MAJ BOS 237 211 10.1% 9.7% 1.04 89% .350 .171
2009  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ CLE/BOS 672 588 11.2% 11% 1.01 87% .316 .177
2010 31 MAJ BOS 538 493 7.4% 9.7% 0.77 89% .306 .191
2011 32 AAA Tol 8 6 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 83% .600 .167
2011 32 MAJ DET 595 540 7.7% 8.6% 0.90 91% .348 .140
2013 34 MAJ DET 668 605 8.1% 9.3% 0.87 90% .318 .129
2014 35 MAJ DET 55 48 10.9% 3.6% 3.00 96% .302 .209
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Victor Martinez
3-Year Averages MAJ   630 572 7.9% 8.9% 0.89 90% .332 .134
Career MAJ   5542 4932 9.3% 10.8% 0.87 88% .320 .162

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2014 Stat Review for Victor Martinez    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.333 AVG
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96% Contact Rate
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.302 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.542 SLG
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.209 ISO
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Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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3.00 BB/K
ELITE
10.9% BB Rate
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3.6% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

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.942 OPS
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.400 OBP
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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Victor Martinez (by OPS, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
David Price TB 17 8 3 5 0 1 2 .471 1.118 1.588
Brian Matusz BAL 15 7 2 6 1 1 0 .467 .933 1.433
Chris Sale CHI-A 22 12 1 3 1 3 0 .545 .818 1.383
Jon Lester BOS 13 6 1 3 2 0 0 .462 .846 1.379
Scott Kazmir OAK 20 10 1 4 2 2 0 .500 .800 1.345
Gio Gonzalez WAS 12 7 0 1 0 0 0 .583 .750 1.333
Francisco Liriano PIT 27 13 1 7 2 6 0 .481 .815 1.332
Roberto Hernandez PHI 15 6 1 4 1 3 0 .400 .800 1.238
Kyle Davies CLE 22 7 2 10 2 1 0 .318 .773 1.148
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 21 7 3 9 1 3 0 .333 .810 1.143

Worst Matchups for Victor Martinez (by OPS, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Wade Davis KC 20 5 0 4 2 1 0 .250 .300 .618
Joe Saunders TEX 18 5 0 2 0 2 0 .278 .333 .611
David Hernandez AZ 13 3 0 1 3 2 0 .231 .231 .606
Jesse Crain HOU 14 3 0 0 1 3 0 .214 .286 .598
Chien-Ming Wang CIN 18 5 0 4 0 1 0 .278 .333 .596
Joel Pineiro CHI-N 24 6 0 1 1 6 0 .250 .292 .572
Edwin Jackson CHI-N 25 5 0 1 3 3 0 .200 .240 .526
Jeremy Affeldt SF 19 4 0 2 1 2 0 .211 .263 .513
Jose Contreras TEX 34 6 0 3 5 3 1 .176 .206 .481
Matt Guerrier MIN 13 2 0 1 1 2 0 .154 .231 .445

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Victor Martinez: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Martinez, in addition to playing first base, will bat fifth for the Tigers on Tuesday, MLive's James Schmehl reports.

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Martinez will play first base Tuesday with no designated hitter in Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reports.

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Martinez will be behind the plate during some of the team's interleague games this season, James Schmehl of MLive Media reports.

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Martinez started his season off on the right foot, cracking a solo home run off of Kansas City's James Shields on Opening Day.

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Martinez will DH and hit from the cleanup spot in Monday's season opener against Kansas City, Detroit News reports.

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Martinez is hitting .311 (14-for-45) with seven runs batted in so far this spring.

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Martinez is expected to bat cleanup for the Tigers this season, MLive.com reports.

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Martinez could be an option to catch this season when the Tigers are on the road in National League parks, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

The 2012 season came to an end for Martinez before it even began, as he suffered an ACL tear while training last offseason. There was talk of Martinez trying to make a late-season return, but the Tigers opted to err on the side of caution and not rush the veteran back into action. The good news is he should be back at full strength for the start of spring training, primed to take over as the Tigers' everyday DH. At 34, Martinez is likely past his prime, and coming off a knee injury is never ideal, but he's still a player to target in fantasy circles after hitting .330/.380/.470 with 12 homers and 103 RBI back in 2011. Martinez will hit behind Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the lineup, so there should be ample opportunities for Martinez to drive in his fair share of runs.

2012

Martinez proved to be the perfect fit for the Tigers last season, hitting .330/.380/.470 with 103 RBI and 76 runs in 540 at-bats. He hit just 12 home runs – his lowest total in any 500 at-bat season in his career – but still showed plenty of pop with 40 doubles. While Martinez was originally expected to split time at catcher with Alex Avila, the veteran backstop ended up making just 26 appearances behind the plate due to a lingering knee injury. The knee problem wasn’t enough to sideline Martinez for long, as he continued to log at-bats at designated hitter. V-Mart was going to serve as the regular DH in 2012, but he suffered a torn ACL to his left knee in January and could miss the entire season as a result.

2011

Martinez appeared to be a nice fit in Boston. He liked the city, he was a big-time bat for the middle of lineup, and he filled a screaming need at catcher. Additionally, he showed versatility at first base and could have become the designated hitter once the Red Sox part ways with David Ortiz. Alas, the Red Sox had concerns about the final years of a long-term contract for a 32-year-old catcher. The Tigers, however, didn't. In Detroit, Martinez is expected to be the team's primary DH with Alex Avila working as the team's No. 1 backstop. Martinez will likely catch on days when Detroit faces a left-hander -- Avila is a lefty swinger and Martinez absolutely mashes southpaws. He's a nice fit in Detroit and if not asked to catch every day, may still be a good fit in 2014 when the contract expires.

2010

Martinez gave Boston a consistent bat from the catcher spot after his arrival from Cleveland at the trade deadline. Though he rotated between catcher, first base and designated hitter, Martinez finished the season as Boston's everyday catcher, replacing the slumping Jason Varitek. He helped carry the Red Sox in the final two months, hitting .336/.405/.507 with eight homers and 41 RBI in 56 games. The 2010 season will be his first one as a full-time catcher since 2007, which is something to consider heading into the season, but Martinez should remain one of the elite hitting catchers in baseball.

2009

Martinez had to think someone had a voodoo doll bearing his resemblance as he missed time with elbow, hamstring, neck and hand injuries last season and was limited to just 266 at-bats. He failed to homer until September, a month that saw him hit .288 with 14 RBI. His 2007 season (.301, 25 HR, 114 RBI) was quite likely his peak, but there's no reason to not expect a rebound season out of Martinez. Look for the Indians to play him a little more often at first base in an effort to keep him healthy, but he should still remain eligible as a catcher for the foreseeable future. He'll return to the elite at his position.

2008

Martinez set a career high in homers (25) and RBI (114) in 2007, but he's been a special hitter for four years running now. After a monsterous May and June he cooled off a little, but still managed an .810 OPS with nine homers and 46 RBI in the second half. A rebound season out of Travis Hafner and the emergence of Asdrubal Cabrera should keep the RBI chances flowing, but whether he can surpass his career-high totals in 2008 will largely depend on whether he can avoid those nagging injuries that catchers can get. The Indians did move him over to first base for 30 games last season in an effort to keep his bat in the lineup while getting him out from behind the plate so that should help. It'll be tough to expect a repeat performance from the 29-year-old but you're still looking at one of the elite catchers even if he takes a small step back.

2007

Even though he can kill you for a month (.165 in June last year), Martinez has vaulted himself to the top of any catcher list you pick up. His defense has always been a concern, but overall the positives far outweigh the negatives. While we would love to see a power spike in 2007, you can certainly expect 15 HR, 85 RBI, 80 runs and an average north of .300. If you like taking catchers early, take this one even earlier.

2006

The question now isn't whether Martinez should be the top catcher selected on draft day. The question is how early to pick him. Martinez posted back-to-back dominant offensive seasons, not slowed by the rigors of catching 140-plus games. Entering the season at the pivotal age of 27, Martinez could be poised for another big year -- even bigger than his previous two. After signing a five-year, $15.5 million deal in April 2005, there are only baseball-related things to think about. With impressive ability behind the plate and at bat, there just aren't many worries.

2005

After being highly touted as one of the league's best prospects, Martinez exploded on offense in 2004 when he raised his slugging percentage well over 100 points from the limited time he saw with the Indians in 2003 and provided solid defense behind the plate at catcher. There is no doubt that in 2005 he deserves to be ranked in the top three among catchers.

2004

Martinez is an extremely high-ceiling player that will get his shot in 2004 as the starter, a shot many thought he'd get in 2003. Questions about his defense, which kept him in the minors to begin with, seem to have been resolved.

2003

Two-time organizational MVP, Martinez is ready and right in line with GM Mark Shapiro's 2004 view. He has all the makings of a fantasy stud at catcher. The trade of Einar Diaz opens the door for Martinez to make the Opening Day roster. Despite questions about his defense, he is the best AL catching prospect. He will challenge immediately for the starting job with Josh Bard and may win it.