Martin Maldonado
Martin Maldonado
32-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Maldonado opened the 2018 season with the Angels before being traded to the Astros at the end of July with Los Angeles out of playoff contention. Overall it was another typical year for the veteran backstop, who provided elite defense behind the dish while struggling to produce on offense. After appearing in a career-high 137 games in 2017, Maldonado appeared in 119 contests in 2018, posting a combined .225/.276/.351 line with nine homers. His 2018 slash line was right in line with both his 2017 performance (.221/.276/.368) and his career slash line (.220/.289/.350), suggesting Maldonado’s offensive production entering his age-32 season is unlikely to improve. That said, he was in the running to win a second consecutive American League Gold Glove, so Maldonado should see a sizable workload behind the plate after signing with Houston. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract with the Angels in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Astros in July of 2018.
On bench for Game 3 of ALCS
CHouston Astros  
October 16, 2018
Maldonado is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Maldonado will hit the bench after going 1-for-6 with a pair of runs and a pair of strikeouts in the first two games of the series. Brian McCann will start behind the dish and hit eighth in his stead.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
Since 2016vs Left .648 327 32 5 25 0 .232 .309 .339
Since 2016vs Right .647 801 71 26 78 1 .214 .281 .366
2018vs Left .648 130 16 2 10 0 .233 .295 .353
2018vs Right .618 274 23 7 34 0 .222 .267 .350
2017vs Left .632 128 9 2 11 0 .228 .307 .325
2017vs Right .649 343 34 12 27 0 .219 .265 .384
2016vs Left .677 69 7 1 4 0 .237 .338 .339
2016vs Right .685 184 14 7 17 1 .188 .330 .356
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OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2016Home .611 549 45 13 45 0 .212 .279 .332
Since 2016Away .681 579 58 18 58 1 .225 .298 .383
2018Home .567 198 16 2 15 0 .221 .274 .293
2018Away .684 206 23 7 29 0 .229 .278 .406
2017Home .592 230 19 5 14 0 .211 .267 .325
2017Away .695 241 24 9 24 0 .232 .286 .409
2016Home .727 121 10 6 16 0 .198 .311 .416
2016Away .641 132 11 2 5 1 .206 .351 .290
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Maldonado's first season as a full-time starter went pretty much as expected; top-notch defense with inconsistent offense. After hitting a respectable .253/.313/.412 with nine homers in the first half of the season, he finished with a .221/.276/.368 line, dragged down by his second-half struggles (.183/.227/.312). The Angels attributed his drop-off to the increased workload, which is understandable given Maldonado led all catchers with 137 games caught despite having never played in more than 79 games in any season prior. However, the 31-year-old struggled to produce offensively even when his workload was reduced, hitting a combined .217/.299/.342 in five seasons (352 games) as the Brewers' backup. Still, he further solidified himself as one of the best defensive backstops in the game, earning his first American League Gold Glove, so he figures to reprise his role as the Angels' starting catcher in 2018.
Maldonado took over primary catching duties for the Brewers after they traded away Jonathan Lucroy, but he'll handle a new pitching staff in 2017 after getting traded to the Angels in December. Despite the extra opportunities, Maldonado showed little offensive upside last season. While he managed a career-best .332 on-base percentage thanks to a 13.8 percent walk rate, he still hasn't posted an OPS better than his .729 mark from his rookie year in 2012. Unless he shows signs of breaking that streak early in 2017, he's in danger of falling into a timeshare, though the Halos' willingness to part with Jett Bandy in order to get Maldonado could make him the bridge behind the plate until 2015 first-round pick Taylor Ward is deemed ready for the big leagues. Even with the potential for a full season as a starter in Anaheim, Maldonado's value is limited to deep leagues that require the use of two catchers.
Maldonado saw extended playing time this season due to some injury woes for regular starter Jonathan Lucroy, but Maldonado was largely unremarkable. In 79 games, the backstop slashed .210/.282/.293 with four homers and 22 RBI. His strong suits are his glove and game-calling ability, which bodes well for his chances to stay on the 25-man roster despite his hitting woes. However, as long as Lucroy stays healthy, Maldonado will probably remain a backup in 2016.
Maldonado worked as the backup behind starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy last season. Lucroy did not sit much, and Maldonado was limited to just 111 at-bats as a result, but he did post a respectable .707 OPS thanks to 11 walks and nine extra-base hits. Maldonado is a quality defensive catcher and under team control for several more years, so it would likely take an injury for him not to open next season as the Brewers’ backup catcher once again.
Maldonado is a valuable backup catcher thanks to his defense and game-calling abilities, but he struggled with the bat in 2013 while primarily seeing spot action with regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy healthy all season. Despite the struggles, Maldonado is young and cheap, so expect him to serve as the Brewers’ backup catcher again in 2014.
Known primarily as a defensive catcher and average prospect while in the minors, Maldonado rounded out his game last season in the most unlikely of places - Milwaukee. Maldonado filled in admirably in Jonathan Lucroy's absence and proved to be a more-than-capable backup catcher when Lucroy returned, finishing the season with a .266 batting average and eight home runs over 78 games. Maldonado will enter 2013 with the same backup job, but he will play more than your regular reserve catcher.
Maldonado is essentially the Brewers' third or fourth catcher, and will likely serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Nashville in 2012 with Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras in position to handle the big league staff.
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Hits bench for Game 3
CHouston Astros  
October 8, 2018
Maldonado is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS in Cleveland on Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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On bench Sunday
CHouston Astros  
September 30, 2018
Maldonado is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting for nightcap
CHouston Astros  
September 29, 2018
Maldonado will not start the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
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Hits bench Wednesday
CHouston Astros  
September 26, 2018
Maldonado is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
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Out of lineup Monday
CHouston Astros  
September 24, 2018
Maldonado is not in the lineup Monday in Toronto, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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