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Russell Martin

34-Year-Old Catcher – Toronto Blue Jays

2017 Stats

AVG

.223

HR

13

RBI

32

R

49

SB

1

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Martin had a brutal start to the season, hitting .150 over 60 at-bats in April. He was even worse in the final month, posting a .148 average in 81 at-bats. However, in the four months sandwiched betwe...

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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:

Signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays in November of 2014.

September 23, 2017  –  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 111 460 379 45 110 31 20 0 11 67 4 4 59 78 2 5 15 .290 .402 .430 .832
2015 32 MAJ TOR 129 507 441 76 106 48 23 2 23 77 4 5 53 106 0 5 8 .240 .329 .458 .787
2016 33 MAJ TOR 137 535 455 62 105 36 16 0 20 74 2 1 64 148 1 5 10 .231 .335 .398 .733
2017 34 MAJ TOR 87 349 292 49 65 23 10 0 13 32 1 2 50 78 1 0 6 .223 .348 .390 .738
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3-Year Averages     125 500 425 61 107 37 19 0 18 72 3 3 58 110 1 5 11 .252 .353 .424 .776
Career  (View All)     1516 6,031 5,188 737 1,311 424 240 9 175 723 100 48 706 1,064 12 34 91 .253 .350 .404 .754

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Russell Martin Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 23 NYY Did not play.
Sep. 22 NYY 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .223 .348 .390 .738
Sep. 21 KC Did not play.
Sep. 20 KC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222 .349 .382 .731
Sep. 19 KC 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .224 .351 .385 .736
Sep. 17 @Min Did not play.
Sep. 16 @Min 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .223 .351 .382 .733
Sep. 15 @Min 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .352 .386 .738
Sep. 14 @Min Did not play.
Sep. 13 Bal 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221 .350 .377 .727
Sep. 12 Bal Did not play.
Sep. 11 Bal Did not play.
Sep. 10 Det Did not play.
Sep. 9 Det Did not play.
Sep. 8 Det Did not play.
Sep. 6 @Bos Did not play.
Sep. 5 @Bos Did not play.
Sep. 4 @Bos Did not play.
Sep. 3 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 2 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 1 @Bal Did not play.
Aug. 31 @Bal Did not play.
Aug. 30 Bos Did not play.
Aug. 29 Bos Did not play.
Aug. 28 Bos Did not play.
Aug. 27 Min Did not play.
Aug. 26 Min Did not play.
Aug. 25 Min Did not play.
Aug. 24 @TB Did not play.
Aug. 23 @TB Did not play.
Last 7 Games 12 2 2 1 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .231 .500 .731
Last 14 Games 19 3 4 3 0 1 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 .211 .250 .526 .776
Last 30 Games 19 3 4 3 0 1 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 .211 .250 .526 .776

Russell Martin: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 79 10
2016 127 1 1 5
2015 117 2 5
2014 107 1
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
20175910270.169.305.625
2016109185160.220.367.700
201590215141.278.522.937

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20172293810231.236.402.758
20163464415582.234.408.743
20153515518633.231.442.747

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017125227150.288.496.878
2016209338431.249.411.781
20152184113341.243.477.808

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017163265151.172.294.619
20162462912311.215.386.691
20152233510433.238.439.768
Russell Martin vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jaime Garcia NY-A 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

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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% .251 .171
2005 22 AA JAC 508 412 15.6% 13.6% 1.14 83% .356 .114
2006 23 AAA LAS 91 74 14.3% 12.1% 1.18 85% .333 .122
2006 23 MAJ LAD 468 415 9.6% 12.2% 0.79 86% .305 .154
2007 24 MAJ LAD 620 540 10.8% 14.4% 0.75 84% .317 .176
2008 25 MAJ LAD 650 553 13.8% 12.8% 1.08 85% .309 .116
2009 26 MAJ LAD 588 505 11.7% 13.6% 0.86 84% .284 .079
2010 27 MAJ LAD 387 331 12.4% 15.8% 0.79 82% .287 .084
2011 28 MAJ NYY 476 417 10.5% 17% 0.62 81% .252 .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% .266 .151
2014 31 MAJ PIT 460 379 12.8% 17% 0.76 79% .336 .140
2015 32 MAJ TOR 507 441 10.5% 20.9% 0.50 76% .262 .218
2016 33 MAJ TOR 535 455 12% 27.7% 0.43 67% .291 .167
2017 34 MAJ TOR 349 292 14.3% 22.3% 0.64 73% .259 .167
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3-Year Averages     500 425 11.6% 22% 0.53 74% .295 .172
Career     6,031 5,188 11.7% 17.6% 0.66 79% .285 .151

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Russell Martin Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 C 994 0 0 0 0 515 0 344 0
2015 2B 3 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 1
2016 C 1069.3 0 0 0 0 523 0 268 0
2016 2B 2 -1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 0 0
2016 3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 C 627.7 0 0 0 0 278 0 181 0
2017 3B 77 0 12 0 0 0 28 0 11 -1 -1 1 1
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 C -1 4 0 0 -5 0 6 4
2015 2B 0 0 0 1 0 1
2016 C 3 -6 -2 0 1 0 11 7
2016 2B 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2016 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 C 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 6
2017 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2017 Stat Review for Russell Martin    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.64 BB/K
GREAT
14.3% BB Rate
ELITE
22.3% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.738 OPS
WEAK
.348 OBP
GOOD
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.223 AVG
TERRIBLE
.259 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.390 SLG
POOR
.167 ISO
WEAK

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

Martin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Royals, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Martin went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a run scored in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Royals.

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Martin is not in the lineup Sunday against the Twins.

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Martin is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins.

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Martin was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Twins.

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Martin is in the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.

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Martin (oblique) was activated from the 10-day disabled list but won't return to the starting lineup until Wednesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Manager John Gibbons said Martin (oblique) "could be back in the next couple days," Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Martin (oblique) said that he's been improving and will be back on the field "soon," Mike Wilner of BlueJaysTalk reports.

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Martin (oblique) was able to throw Monday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

Martin's return to his native Canada was a success, as he topped 20 home runs for the first time in five years and posted his best run and RBI totals since his time with the Dodgers. Martin couldn't repeat his .290 average from 2014, but his power showed up in a big way in righty-friendly Rogers Centre, as Martin's .458 slugging percentage was his highest since 2007. Martin is a .257 career hitter, but he has topped .250 just once since 2010 and his days as a hitter for average are probably over. Selling out for power is often worth it at Rogers Centre, where Martin will ply his trade for the next four seasons and where he hit .243/.331/.477 with 13 of his 23 home runs in 2015. He should have loads of run and RBI chances once again in that scary Toronto lineup.

2015

With free agency looming, Martin picked a pretty good time to slash .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI. He also threw out 39 percent of baserunners (37 of 96), setting himself up for a monster payday, which he received from Toronto (five years, $82 million). Since pitch-framing isn't a category, the catcher's fantasy value doesn't reflect his true baseball value. Considering that Martin hadn't hit higher than .250 since 2007 before last season, there's reason to expect a downturn to his overall numbers in 2015. Throw into the mix that he started 106 games behind the plate in 2014, his second-lowest figure in nine seasons. Martin will be out to prove that 2014 wasn't a fluke, but fantasy owners may want to temper their enthusiasm for a 32-year-old catcher with a history of knee and shoulder problems.

2014

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 Aug. 15. A chronic knee injury caught up to him, however, and his numbers dropped off the table thereafter -- he hit .138/.234/.275 in 109 at-bats, with just one unsuccessful stolen base attempt. Martin finished with a .226 batting average and has hit a combined .225 over the last three seasons. Mostly likely, that trend will continue in 2014, as will his ability to hit double-digit homers and steal close to 10 bases.

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.