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Victor Martinez

35-Year-Old First Baseman – Detroit Tigers

2014 Stats

AVG

.335

HR

32

RBI

103

R

87

SB

3

2014 Preseason 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.

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Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said he would love to re-sign Martinez, the Detroit Free Press 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
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3-Year Averages     152 630 572 72 180 51 38 0 13 93 0 1 50 56 0 7 1 .315 .367 .449 .816
Career  (View All)     1459 6,128 5,445 740 1,668 536 344 3 189 927 7 7 581 637 0 67 35 .306 .373 .475 .847

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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
Sep. 28 Min 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .409 .565 .974
Sep. 27 Min 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .337 .411 .568 .979
Sep. 26 Min 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .336 .409 .568 .977
Sep. 25 Min 4 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .337 .410 .571 .981
Sep. 24 CWS 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .334 .408 .562 .970
Sep. 23 CWS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .408 .564 .972
Sep. 22 CWS 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .336 .407 .566 .973
Sep. 21 @KC 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .334 .403 .563 .966
Sep. 20 @KC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .334 .403 .564 .967
Sep. 19 @KC 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .404 .566 .970
Sep. 17 @Min 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .403 .567 .970
Sep. 16 @Min 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .401 .567 .968
Sep. 15 @Min 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .331 .400 .568 .968
Sep. 14 Cle 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .331 .400 .565 .965
Sep. 13 Cle 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .334 .403 .571 .974
Sep. 12 Cle 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .404 .568 .972
Sep. 10 KC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .404 .568 .972
Sep. 9 KC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .406 .571 .977
Sep. 8 KC 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .337 .407 .575 .982
Sep. 7 SF 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .405 .575 .980
Sep. 6 SF 4 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .335 .406 .575 .981
Sep. 5 SF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .332 .404 .568 .972
Sep. 4 @Cle 3 2 1 0 0 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .332 .404 .569 .973
Sep. 3 @Cle 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .332 .401 .564 .965
Sep. 2 @Cle 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .332 .402 .566 .968
Sep. 1 @Cle 3 2 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .329 .400 .563 .963
Aug. 31 @CWS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .327 .396 .554 .950
Aug. 30 @CWS 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .328 .397 .557 .954
Aug. 30 @CWS 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .329 .395 .559 .954
Aug. 29 @CWS 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .328 .395 .553 .948
Last 7 Days 19 2 7 2 0 1 3 5 2 0 0 2 0 0 .368 .538 .632 1.170
Last 14 Days 46 6 16 4 0 1 5 8 3 0 0 2 0 0 .348 .464 .500 .964
Last 30 Days 105 18 39 7 0 6 18 16 4 0 0 3 0 0 .371 .468 .610 1.078

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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
20141432612291.371.6921.123
2013226255270.279.412.735

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20144186120742.323.522.923
2013379439560.314.441.813

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20142723415451.324.544.928
2013309367480.314.450.817

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20142895317582.346.5851.015
2013296327350.287.409.750
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
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3-Year Averages     630 572 7.9% 8.9% 0.89 90% .332 .134
Career     6,128 5,445 9.5% 10.4% 0.91 88% .320 .169

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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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.335 AVG
ELITE
93% Contact Rate
ELITE
.320 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.565 SLG
ELITE
.230 ISO
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Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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1.67 BB/K
ELITE
10.9% BB Rate
GREAT
6.6% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.974 OPS
ELITE
.409 OBP
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Victor Martinez: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Martinez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's 4-2 win against Minnesota. It was his 32nd home run of the year.

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Martinez went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and one RBI in Detroit's drubbing of Kansas City on Friday night.

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Martinez stayed hot Monday, going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI against the Royals.

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Martinez went 2-for-3 with one home run, two RBI, two runs scored, two walks and one double Monday against the Indians.

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Martinez went 2-for-4 with his 27th homer of the year in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.

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Martinez went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI in Sunday's victory over the Twins.

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Martinez slugged his 24th home run of the year, a grand slam off Kirby Yates in the seventh inning, while also adding a double and a walk in a 2-for-3 performance Wednesday against the Rays.

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Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn't plan to use Martinez behind the plate in the interleague series at Pittsburgh.

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Martinez provided the bulk of the offense for the Tigers in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Rockies, connecting on a three-run homer in the third inning.

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Martinez went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI Saturday in Detroit's 11-5 victory over the Rockies.

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Martinez won't catch during the Tigers' three-game set that begins Monday in Arizona, James Schmehl of MLive.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.