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Russell Martin

31-Year-Old Catcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2014 Stats

AVG

.244

HR

2

RBI

8

R

6

SB

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Martin is an ultimate gamer, a catcher who refuses to sit at the detriment of his offensive numbers. The free-agent pickup batted .255/.357/.410 with 11 homers, 55 RBI and nine stolen bases through Au...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 205   DOB: 2/15/1983   BORN: East York, ON Canada   COLLEGE: Chipola (FL) JC   DRAFTED: 17th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Russell Martin Contract Information:

Agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Pirates in November 2012.

April 16, 2014  –  Russell Martin News

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Russell Martin 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
2004 21 A Ver 122 505 416 74 104 40 24 1 15 64 9 5 71 54 0 8 10 .250 .366 .421 .787
2005 22 AA JAC 129 508 412 85 129 28 18 1 9 62 15 7 79 69 5 3 9 .313 .431 .427 .858
2006 23 AAA LAS 23 91 74 14 22 9 9 0 0 9 0 2 13 11 1 3 0 .297 .389 .419 .808
2006 23 MAJ LAD 121 468 415 65 117 40 26 4 10 65 10 5 45 57 1 3 4 .282 .355 .436 .792
2007 24 MAJ LAD 151 620 540 87 158 54 32 3 19 87 21 9 67 89 0 6 7 .293 .374 .469 .843
2008 25 MAJ LAD 155 650 553 87 155 38 25 0 13 69 18 6 90 83 0 2 5 .280 .385 .396 .781
2009 26 MAJ LAD 143 588 505 63 126 26 19 0 7 53 11 6 69 80 2 1 11 .250 .352 .329 .680
2010 27 MAJ LAD 97 387 331 45 82 18 13 0 5 26 6 2 48 61 1 3 4 .248 .347 .332 .679
2011 28 MAJ NYY 125 476 417 57 99 35 17 0 18 65 8 2 50 81 1 3 5 .237 .324 .408 .732
2012 29 MAJ NYY 133 485 422 50 89 39 18 0 21 53 6 1 53 95 2 0 8 .211 .311 .403 .714
2013 30 MAJ PIT 127 506 438 51 99 36 21 0 15 55 9 5 58 108 1 1 8 .226 .327 .377 .704
2014 31 MAJ PIT 10 46 41 6 10 3 1 0 2 8 0 0 2 10 0 1 2 .244 .304 .415 .719
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Russell Martin
3-Year Averages MAJ   128 487 425 52 95 36 18 0 18 57 7 2 53 94 1 1 7 .224 .319 .393 .712
Career  (View All) MAJ   1062 4226 3662 511 935 289 172 7 110 481 89 36 482 664 8 20 54 .255 .349 .396 .745

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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Russell Martin 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. 15 @Cin 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .304 .415 .719
Apr. 14 @Cin 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .333 .459 .792
Apr. 13 @Mil Did not play.
Apr. 12 @Mil 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .281 .351 .500 .851
Apr. 11 @Mil 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .364 .536 .900
Apr. 10 @ChC Did not play.
Apr. 9 @ChC 4 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .292 .379 .583 .962
Apr. 8 @ChC 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 .250 .360 .300 .660
Apr. 6 StL Did not play.
Apr. 5 StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .300 .176 .476
Apr. 4 StL 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .313 .214 .527
Apr. 3 ChC Did not play.
Apr. 2 ChC 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .282
Mar. 31 ChC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Last 7 Days 21 3 5 0 0 2 4 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .238 .524 .762
Last 14 Days 41 6 10 1 0 2 8 2 10 0 0 2 1 0 .244 .304 .415 .719
Last 30 Days 41 6 10 1 0 2 8 2 10 0 0 2 1 0 .244 .304 .415 .719

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Russell Martin: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 10
2013 120 3 1 1 1
2012 128 4
2011 125 1 3
2010 93
2009 137 1 3

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Russell Martin Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201393102112.194.301.610
20121242010211.226.524.880
2011114235233.211.368.684

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133454113447.235.397.729
20122983011325.205.352.643
20113033413425.248.422.750

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013223256302.211.336.641
20122152913304.191.409.699
2011200328344.260.435.780

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013215269257.242.419.768
2012207218232.232.396.728
20112172510314.217.382.688
Russell Martin Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 21 A Ver 505 416 14.1% 10.7% 1.31 87% .256 .171
2005 22 AA JAC 508 412 15.6% 13.6% 1.14 83% .359 .114
2006 23 AAA LAS 91 74 14.3% 12.1% 1.18 85% .349 .122
2006 23 MAJ LAD 468 415 9.6% 12.2% 0.79 86% .307 .154
2007 24 MAJ LAD 620 540 10.8% 14.4% 0.75 84% .322 .176
2008 25 MAJ LAD 650 553 13.8% 12.8% 1.08 85% .311 .116
2009 26 MAJ LAD 588 505 11.7% 13.6% 0.86 84% .285 .079
2010 27 MAJ LAD 387 331 12.4% 15.8% 0.79 82% .291 .084
2011 28 MAJ NYY 476 417 10.5% 17% 0.62 81% .255 .171
2012 29 MAJ NYY 485 422 10.9% 19.6% 0.56 77% .222 .192
2013 30 MAJ PIT 506 438 11.5% 21.3% 0.54 75% .267 .151
2014 31 MAJ PIT 46 41 4.3% 21.7% 0.20 76% .276 .171
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Russell Martin
3-Year Averages MAJ   487 425 10.9% 19.3% 0.56 78% .246 .169
Career MAJ   4226 3662 11.4% 15.7% 0.73 82% .286 .141

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

Contact

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.244 AVG
WEAK
76% Contact Rate
WEAK
.276 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.415 SLG
AVERAGE
.171 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.20 BB/K
TERRIBLE
4.3% BB Rate
TERRIBLE
21.7% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

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.719 OPS
WEAK
.304 OBP
POOR

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Russell Martin (by OPS, min 10 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Chris Capuano BOS 13 8 2 9 0 1 0 .615 1.385 2.000
Clay Buchholz BOS 12 4 4 7 0 1 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Joe Saunders TEX 10 4 2 2 2 0 1 .400 1.000 1.500
Zach Duke MIL 21 9 1 4 1 4 1 .429 .762 1.216
Carlos Villanueva CHI-N 13 5 1 4 3 1 0 .385 .692 1.192
Justin Verlander DET 14 6 1 2 2 5 1 .429 .643 1.143
Micah Owings MIA 11 5 0 3 1 3 0 .455 .636 1.136
Jonathan Sanchez CHI-N 18 7 1 6 7 3 1 .389 .556 1.116
Aaron Harang ATL 13 6 0 2 2 0 0 .462 .538 1.072
Oliver Perez AZ 11 5 0 1 4 0 1 .455 .455 1.055

Worst Matchups for Russell Martin (by OPS, min 10 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Josh Beckett LA 12 2 0 0 0 2 0 .167 .167 .397
Heath Bell TB 14 2 0 2 0 1 0 .143 .214 .357
Justin Germano TEX 10 1 0 2 2 0 1 .100 .100 .350
Matt Albers HOU 10 1 0 0 2 4 0 .100 .100 .350
Jake Peavy BOS 35 4 0 0 4 11 4 .114 .143 .348
Felix Hernandez SEA 20 3 0 2 1 7 0 .150 .150 .340
Kevin Correia MIN 19 2 0 1 3 5 2 .105 .105 .333
Rick Porcello DET 11 1 0 0 2 3 0 .091 .091 .322
Tim Lincecum SF 20 2 0 1 3 6 0 .100 .100 .317
Johnny Cueto CIN 11 1 0 1 0 2 0 .091 .182 .273

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Russell Martin: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Martin is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

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Martin belted a pair of line-drive homers to left-center field Wednesday night against the Cubs.

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Martin went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI against the Cubs on Tuesday.

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Martin is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Martin went 1-for-4 Monday, lacing an opposite-field single against the Cubs.

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Martin revealed Friday that he played all 2013 with a shoulder injury that only healed after an offseason of rest. "It was a battle pretty much the whole year," Martin told the Pirates' website. "The fact is that hurting my shoulder limited my ability to swing freely."

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Martin is open to signing another contract with Pittsburgh when his deal ends after the 2014 campaign. “I'm open to listening to anything,” Martin said Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Martin is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.

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Martin is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Martin spent much of 2012 under the Mendoza line, but came on a bit toward the end of the season, going 28 for his last 98 (.286), and putting up 10 of his career-high 21 homers over that span. The Yankees were interested in re-signing Martin, as prospect Austin Romine was injured for much of 2012, and Gary Sanchez is at least a couple of years away. Instead of returning to New York, he opted to sign a two-year deal with Pittsburgh. Martin's full-season numbers may scare away owners at the draft table, and given the improvement he showed toward the end of 2012, he's still a viable starter in NL-only and deeper mixed formats.

2012

Martin got off to a strong start in 2011, hitting .292 in April and making the All-Star team, but he struggled for much of the balance of the season, and ended up the year hitting just .237 while his contact rate quietly slipped for the third straight season. The 18 homers Martin put up look decent for a catcher, but six of those were in April and it would be a mistake to count on that kind of production in 2012.  Martin does still have a good eye at the plate, and eight steals are helpful from a catcher, but there are many stronger options available behind the plate and repeating his numbers from last season is likely a best-case scenario.

2011

Martin has gone from an elite catcher in 2007 to a very good in 2008 to a mediocre option the past two seasons. On the plus side, Martin's plate discipline remains solid (BB/PA rates of 11.8 and 12.4 percent the past two seasons), but the power has vanished. After homering once every 28.4 at-bats in 2007, Martin has regressed to 42.5, 72.1, and 66.2 the past three seasons. He signed a one-year deal with the Yankees in December to be their primary backstop, but keep in mind he's still going to play all of 2011 as a 28-year-old coming back from hip and knee surgeries.

2010

Martin batted a disappointing .250/.352/.329 in 2009, the second consecutive season his OPS has experienced a drop-off. Compared to 2007, Martin's home runs dropped from 19 to seven and his stolen bases have fallen from 21 to 11. Martin appeared in 12 fewer games last year than in 2008, so perhaps it's a combination of overuse and lack of conditioning. Still, he's just 27 and should probably be considered a top-10 catcher heading into 2010.

2009

Once again among the leaders in catcher at-bats, Martin batted .280/.385/.396 with 18 stolen bases in his third full season. His power output was down (from 19 homers and 32 doubles in 2007 to 13 and 25 last season), with the fact that just three of the 13 homers came after the All-Star break giving more ammo to those who think Martin needs a few more days off. Continue to consider him a top-five catcher in 2009 and expect a few more days off and/or starts at third base in order to keep him fresh for the season's second half.

2008

Martin quickly became a fan favorite in 2006, and stepped up to become a fantasy superstar. He's arguably baseball's most valuable fantasy catcher (considering his age) after a 2007 in which Martin hit 19 homers and stole 21 bases. No other catcher had more than seven steals and Martin's 87 RBI ranked second in the NL to Brian McCann. At age 25 and with perhaps an improved Dodgers lineup, Martin could be even better in 2008.

2007

Martin played Wally Pipp to Dioner Navarro's Lou Gehrig, as he stepped in for the injured Navarro in May and never looked back. Long thought of as the team's catcher of the future, the future came a bit sooner than expected, as Martin solidified his hold on the position, probably for the forseeable future. At the plate, he is a fundamentally sound mix of plate discipline and developing power. Seasons of .300/.400/.480 could be in his future and with the fantasy catcher list tending to thin quickly, Martin is already one of the best.

2006

Many scouts and officials in the Dodgers' organization view Martin as the best catching prospect in the system, ahead of even Dioner Navarro. Martin's defensive skills are widely acclaimed and he has a nice patient approach at the plate. He still needs to grow into his power, but there's some potential there as well. Martin could reach the majors by midseason, or when Sandy Alomar Jr. has his first DL trip.