Martinez
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
6-6
ERA
3.41
WHIP
1.375
K
98
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Those pesky homers. In 2017, Martinez whiffed more and walked fewer than the previous season, in fact setting a career high in strikeout percent (25.3). More flyballs and a spike in HR/FB resulted in a home run rate nearly double his career mark. Not much changed with pitch... read more
Those pesky homers. In 2017, Martinez whiffed more and walked fewer than the previous season, in fact setting a career high in strikeout percent (25.3). More flyballs and a spike in HR/FB resulted in a home run rate nearly double his career mark. Not much changed with pitch repertoire, but like many groundball pitchers, Martinez was victimized by the league-wide movement toward uppercut swings. Despite the additional homers, Martinez joined the 200-inning club for the first time. Being allowed to pitch into the seventh is important in today's landscape. If there's a concern, it's durability, though consecutive seasons with more than 30 starts should assuage those fears. Still just 26, there's another step for Martinez if he combats the increase in homers along with lowering his just-above-league-average walk rate (3.1 BB/9). A high WHIP keeps Martinez from the elite, but he still profiles as a fantasy ace. Oh yeah, ignore last season's low win total, as Martinez was a victim of low run support.
STATUS: 10-Day DL    INJURY: Shoulder    RETURN DATE: Aug 17,2018   
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'0"    WT: 165 lbs.    DOB: 9/21/1991    Drafted: 2010Show Contract
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Carlos Martinez Contract Info:
Agreed to a five-year, $51 million contract extension with the Cardinals in February of 2017.
Could remain in bullpen all season
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
August 13, 2018
Martinez (shoulder) will likely remain in the bullpen for the rest of the season once he returns from the disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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2018 Stat Review for Carlos Martinez
2.00 K/BB
POOR
8.79 K/9
GOOD
4.40 BB/9
TERRIBLE
93.4 MPH Fastball
GOOD
0.4 HR/9
ELITE
1.86 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
3.41 ERA
GOOD
1.38 WHIP
WEAK
3.69 FIP
GOOD
0.312 BABIP
HIGH
75.2 % Strand Rate
AVERAGE
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Third Baseman
  1. 1. JeddJ. Gyorko (R)
  2. 2. MattM. Carpenter (L)
  3. 3. GregG. Garcia (L)
  4. X. YairoY. Munoz (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 4. PatrickP. Wisdom (R)
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  1. Carlos Martinez 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Carlos Martinez 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Yet again, Martinez dazzled on the mound for St. Louis. He finished the year with a 16-9 record to go along with a 3.04 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Martinez managed to keep batters guessing at the plate, as he threw his 95 mph fastball just 58 percent of the time and regularly mixed in a slider, changeup, and curveball. He also continued forcing batters to hit grounders and recorded a GB/FB identical to 2015's mark of 2.49, which resulted in a HR/9 of just 0.69 and forcing 33 batters to ground into double plays, the second most in the league. Although he limited batters to a .233 batting average, a lack of control was a byproduct of his pitch variety and resulted in a walk rate that was nearly nine percent. His ERA likely will regress to a higher figure, but fortunately for the club and fantasy owners, Martinez will be only 25 years old when the 2017 campaign begins, so he still has time to further refine his arsenal and move into the ace conversation.
  3. Carlos Martinez 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Martinez turned in a terrific 2015 in his first full year in the rotation, posting a 3.01 ERA and 1.29 WHIP while striking out 184 in 179.2 innings pitched as a 23-year-old. Martinez had his season cut short a couple weeks early due to a shoulder strain but should be fine for the spring, without the added pressure of competing for a rotation spot. His FIP of 3.21 and BABIP of .318 indicate that his 2015 numbers are for real. Martinez could be the Cardinals ace-in-waiting and at just 24 years old will likely slot in to the second or third spot in the rotation to start the season. He features a fastball that can approach 100 mph and terrific secondary stuff that should make a 200-plus strikeout campaign in 2016 a strong likelihood. He'll be a popular name on draft day as someone pegged to take another big step forward.
  4. Carlos Martinez 2015 Preseason Outlook
    One of the Cardinals' best young flamethrowers, Martinez was extremely impressive as a starter last spring but the Cardinals opted to move him to the bullpen to start the season, where he stayed for the most part, making just seven spot starts versus a whopping 50 relief appearances. Martinez made it known several times that he would prefer to be a starter but that he would do whatever the teams asks of him, and it appears the Cardinals view him as their setup man moving forward into 2015. Martinez has probably pitched better as a starter but certainly has the stuff to work in the late innings for St. Louis. Perhaps the inconsistency of roles, moving from the bullpen to the rotation and back again several times didn't help the 23-year-old's numbers in 2014. Whatever his role may be going into 2015, he's still worth a spot on most fantasy rosters as he has enormous talent and potential.
  5. Carlos Martinez 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Martinez was never given an extended look in any role until September when he really started to display just how talented he is. The 22-year-old struck out nearly a batter per inning, a stat that was trending up when the season came to a close. Scouts are split on whether Martinez will be a late-inning bullpen arm or a starter at this point but it looks as though he will have a chance to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation during spring training as the Cards attempt to maximize his value. Martinez figures to be a part of the Cardinals' pitching staff in 2014, where his extremely valuable skill set merits consideration regardless of his role on Opening Day.
  6. Carlos Martinez 2013 Preseason Outlook
    Martinez handled the promotion to Double-A Springfield well, striking out 58 and walking 22 in 71.1 innings. Overall his walk rate was cut in half from its poor mark in 2011, as Martinez crept closer and closer to his big-league debut. That time could come in 2013, when Martinez will be just 21 years old. If the walk rate continues to improve, this could be a star in the making as he's considered by some to be the best pitching prospect in a rich St. Louis farm system.
  7. Carlos Martinez 2012 Preseason Outlook
    For some reason, no one talks about the Cardinals having the best young pitching prospects, but with Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins and Martinez not far away from joining Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia, St. Louis could have the best rotation in the bigs in five years. Martinez just turned 20, and while his command still needs a lot of work, his strikeout rate and home-run rate were both outstanding in his first year pitching in North America. If he gets his walk rate down, we could be looking at an ace, but he's still a few years away.
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Could remain in bullpen all season
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
August 13, 2018
Martinez (shoulder) will likely remain in the bullpen for the rest of the season once he returns from the disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Will spend some time in bullpen
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
August 13, 2018
Martinez (shoulder) will work out of the bullpen initially after he returns from the disabled list, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Plays 'aggressive catch' in recent days
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
August 10, 2018
Martinez (shoulder), who spent time with the team during the early part of the week in Miami, eventually returned to St. Louis and played "aggressive catch" according to interim manager Mike Shildt, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Set to play catch
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
August 6, 2018
Martinez (shoulder) is slated to play catch Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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May miss 3-to-4 starts
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
July 31, 2018
Martinez (shoulder) is currently expected to miss 3-to-4 starts after being placed on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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