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Victor Martinez

37-Year-Old Designated Hitter – Detroit Tigers

2016 Stats

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.327

HR

12

RBI

38

R

27

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2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The Tigers were counting on the 2014 AL MVP runner-up to provide another elite season at the plate in 2015. But management's heart went into defib in February when Martinez reported he had torn the me...

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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:

Signed a four-year, $68 million contract with the Tigers in November of 2014.

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Martinez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

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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 151 641 561 87 188 65 33 0 32 103 3 2 70 42 0 6 4 .335 .409 .565 .974
2015 36 AAA TOL 4 17 17 1 5 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .294 .294 .353 .647
2015 36 MAJ DET 120 485 440 39 108 31 20 0 11 64 0 0 31 52 0 7 7 .245 .301 .366 .667
2016 37 MAJ DET 70 270 248 27 81 25 13 0 12 38 0 0 18 37 0 2 2 .327 .374 .524 .898
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3-Year Averages     143 597 535 64 159 48 29 0 19 83 1 1 51 52 0 7 4 .297 .358 .458 .816
Career  (View All)     1649 6,883 6,133 806 1,857 592 377 3 212 1,029 7 7 630 726 0 76 44 .303 .368 .469 .837

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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
Jun. 23 Sea 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .327 .374 .524 .898
Jun. 22 Sea 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .324 .372 .522 .894
Jun. 21 Sea 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .325 .374 .527 .901
Jun. 20 Sea 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .326 .375 .531 .906
Jun. 19 @KC 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .325 .373 .534 .907
Jun. 18 @KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .332 .380 .546 .926
Jun. 17 @KC 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .338 .386 .556 .942
Jun. 16 @KC 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .338 .387 .559 .946
Jun. 15 @CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .332 .382 .516 .898
Jun. 14 @CWS Did not play.
Jun. 13 @CWS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .384 .519 .903
Jun. 12 @NYY 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .381 .519 .900
Jun. 11 @NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .384 .524 .908
Jun. 10 @NYY 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .340 .386 .531 .917
Jun. 8 Tor Did not play.
Jun. 7 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .341 .388 .537 .925
Jun. 6 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .347 .391 .545 .936
Jun. 5 CWS 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .352 .394 .553 .947
Jun. 4 CWS 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .349 .392 .554 .946
Jun. 3 CWS 5 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .344 .385 .552 .937
Jun. 2 NYY 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .337 .379 .529 .908
Jun. 1 @LAA 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .344 .387 .541 .928
May. 31 @LAA 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .343 .387 .539 .926
May. 30 @LAA 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .345 .389 .529 .918
May. 29 @Oak 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .351 .398 .538 .936
May. 28 @Oak 3 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .341 .390 .533 .923
May. 27 @Oak 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .385 .512 .897
May. 25 Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .338 .389 .519 .908
May. 24 Phi 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .340 .392 .526 .918
May. 23 Phi 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .340 .393 .529 .922
Last 7 Days 26 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .259 .231 .490
Last 14 Days 43 3 11 0 0 3 4 3 11 0 0 0 1 0 .256 .298 .465 .763
Last 30 Days 99 8 32 2 0 6 14 6 23 0 0 0 1 0 .323 .358 .525 .883

Victor Martinez: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 5 57
2015 10 104
2014 2 35 115
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
2016667490.348.561.972
201589101150.348.472.870
20141432612291.371.6921.123

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016182208290.319.511.871
20153512910490.219.339.616
20144186120742.323.522.923

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201611894170.280.424.772
2015220216370.241.377.675
20142723415451.324.544.928

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016130188210.369.6151.014
2015220185270.250.355.659
20142895317582.346.5851.015
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 641 561 10.9% 6.6% 1.67 93% .320 .230
2015 36 AAA TOL 17 17 0% 11.8% 0.00 88% .333 .059
2015 36 MAJ DET 485 440 6.4% 10.7% 0.60 88% .257 .121
2016 37 MAJ DET 270 248 6.7% 13.7% 0.49 85% .347 .197
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3-Year Averages     597 535 8.5% 8.7% 0.98 90% .302 .161
Career     6,883 6,133 9.2% 10.5% 0.87 88% .317 .166

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2016 Stat Review for Victor Martinez    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.327 AVG
ELITE
85% Contact Rate
GOOD
.347 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.524 SLG
ELITE
.197 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.49 BB/K
GOOD
6.7% BB Rate
WEAK
13.7% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

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.898 OPS
ELITE
.374 OBP
ELITE

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

Martinez (knee) homered in his first two plate appearances Thursday and finished 3-for-5 with three home runs and three RBI against Kansas City.

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Martinez (knee) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.

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Martinez (knee) was recently treated with a cortisone shot, reports MLive.com. He was out of the starting lineup Wednesday for the third straight game.

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Martinez (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

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Martinez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

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Martinez will be available as a pinch hitter after undergoing an MRI on Monday morning, Aaron McMann of MLive reports.

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Martinez is not in the lineup for Monday's matchup with the White Sox.

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Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and a run in Friday's 10-3 victory over the White Sox.

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Martinez went 3-for-4 with an RBI during Sunday's loss against the A's.

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Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a 12-3 loss to the A's on Saturday.

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Martinez went 2-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season, two RBI and two runs in Sunday's win over the Rays.

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2016

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2015

Martinez defied Father Time in 2014, posting a career-best campaign in his age-35 season. The veteran designated hitter set career highs in numerous categories, including home runs (32), hits (188), batting average (.335), on-base percentage (.409), slugging percentage (.565), and OPS (.974). His plate discipline was also the best of his career, as Martinez posted a 1.67 BB/K ratio and 93 percent contact rate. While his .230 ISO was well above his career average of .169, Martinez’s .320 BABIP was right in line with his career norm. Eligible at just DH to begin the 2014 season, Martinez will have first base eligibility in many formats after making 35 appearances at the position. Unfortunately, he only had two appearances at catcher and isn't expected to play much behind the plate going forward. The Tigers signed Martinez to a four-year, $68-million contract this offseason, which will keep him locked into the middle of their lineup between Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez for the foreseeable future. A regression in the power department wouldn't be a surprise, but Martinez will post strong enough numbers across the board to warrant a lofty draft slot, although he'll carry added risk following surgery in early February to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. His status for Opening Day could be in question depending on the pace of his recovery.

2014

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, Martinez was hitting just .228 with two homers and 25 RBI in 197 at-bats. But after the rust wore off, the Martinez of old quickly returned. Over the final four months of the season, Martinez hit .336 with 12 homers and 58 RBI in 408 at-bats. When the season concluded, Martinez’s overall line (.301/.355/.430) was similar to seasons prior to his lost 2012 campaign. At 36, Martinez is mainly limited to handling DH duty. He did manage 11 starts at first base and three starts at catcher last year, and may see minimal action at both positions in 2014, but many he’ll only be eligible at DH in many formats. While owners shouldn’t expect Martinez to match the power numbers he displayed in his prime, he remains a professional hitter who should once again approach or surpass .300, and he’ll also have plenty of opportunities to knock in runs hitting in the middle of the Tigers' lineup.

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.