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House of Shlain: Earning His Stripes

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

He isn't really a prospect anymore, but there's no chance I'm going to pass on leading off with J.D. Martinez, who has gone from released by the Astros to Tigers No. 5 hitter in a matter of months. Martinez has come on at exactly the right time as Torii Hunter has missed a handful of games with a hamstring cramp, and Austin Jackson hasn't been hitting. If you follow me on Twitter, maybe you know that on June 13th I posted a picture of virtual JD-Mart hoisting the World Series trophy.

Since that picture went up, the real Martinez is hitting .481/.464/1.037 in 28 plate appearances with four home runs, three doubles, 11 RBI, six runs, and only five strikeouts. He appears to have reinvented his swing and just about everything off of his bat is crushed these days (his LD% is 27.6). I made a realistic trade offer for Martinez in one of my AL-Only leagues Friday and the response I got back was just, "No, I c

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