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Russell Martin

32-Year-Old Catcher – Toronto Blue Jays

2015 Stats

AVG

.240

HR

23

RBI

77

R

76

SB

4

2016 RotoWire Projections

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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 r...

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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.

October 17, 2015  –  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
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3-Year Averages     122 489 419 57 105 37 21 0 16 66 5 4 56 97 1 3 10 .251 .350 .415 .766
Career  (View All)     1292 5,147 4,441 626 1,141 365 214 9 142 617 97 45 592 838 10 29 75 .257 .352 .405 .757

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced 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
Oct. 4 @TB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .329 .458 .787
Oct. 3 @TB Did not play.
Oct. 2 @TB 5 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .329 .460 .789
Oct. 1 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 30 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 30 @Bal 5 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .327 .452 .779
Sep. 29 @Bal Did not play.
Sep. 28 @Bal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .327 .452 .779
Sep. 27 TB Did not play.
Sep. 26 TB 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .327 .452 .779
Sep. 25 TB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .326 .447 .773
Sep. 23 NYY 3 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .326 .450 .776
Sep. 22 NYY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .325 .444 .769
Sep. 21 NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 .239 .324 .444 .768
Sep. 20 Bos 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .326 .447 .773
Sep. 19 Bos 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .325 .443 .768
Sep. 18 Bos 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .328 .448 .776
Sep. 17 @Atl Did not play.
Sep. 16 @Atl 5 2 2 1 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .328 .450 .778
Sep. 15 @Atl 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .328 .440 .768
Sep. 13 @NYY Did not play.
Sep. 12 @NYY 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .328 .444 .772
Sep. 12 @NYY 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .330 .444 .774
Sep. 11 @NYY 5 2 3 0 0 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .328 .444 .772
Sep. 10 @NYY Did not play.
Sep. 9 @Bos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .325 .427 .752
Sep. 8 @Bos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .327 .430 .757
Sep. 7 @Bos 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .239 .327 .431 .758
Sep. 6 Bal Did not play.
Sep. 5 Bal 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .330 .436 .766
Last 7 Days 12 4 4 1 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .429 .667 1.096
Last 14 Days 25 7 6 1 0 3 9 6 6 0 0 0 1 0 .240 .375 .640 1.015
Last 30 Days 64 12 14 4 0 6 21 9 23 0 0 0 1 0 .219 .311 .563 .874

Russell Martin: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
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
201590215141.278.522.937
2014748091.257.270.693
201393102112.194.301.610

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20153515518633.231.442.747
20143053711583.298.469.865
20133454113447.235.397.729

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152184113341.243.477.808
2014175233354.343.474.940
2013223256302.211.336.641

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20152233510433.238.439.768
2014204228320.245.392.737
2013215269257.242.419.768
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 460 379 12.8% 17% 0.76 79% .341 .140
2015 32 MAJ TOR 507 441 10.5% 20.9% 0.50 76% .266 .218
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3-Year Averages     489 419 11.5% 19.8% 0.58 77% .291 .164
Career     5,147 4,441 11.5% 16.3% 0.71 81% .289 .148

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2015 Stat Review for Russell Martin    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.240 AVG
POOR
76% Contact Rate
POOR
.266 BABIP
LOW
Power

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.458 SLG
GOOD
.218 ISO
GREAT
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.50 BB/K
GOOD
10.5% BB Rate
GREAT
20.9% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

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.787 OPS
GOOD
.329 OBP
AVERAGE

2016 Projected Stats Breakdown for Russell Martin

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

Martin is not in the lineup Friday for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals.

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Martin is out of the lineup for Game 3 against the Rangers on Sunday.

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Martin is not in the lineup Saturday.

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Martin was 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Toronto's victory over Tampa Bay on Friday night.

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Martin is out of the lineup Thursday, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

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Martin is not in the lineup Monday against the Orioles.

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Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

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Martin went 1-for-4 Saturday with a two-run shot, setting a new career high with 22 home runs on the season.

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Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer, a walk and two runs against the Yankees on Wednesday.

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Martin is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Brandon Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

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Martin is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

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Martin went 2-for-4 with a double, his 20th homer, four RBI and two runs against the Braves on Wednesday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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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.