Nick Martinez
Nick Martinez
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A staple at the back end of the Texas rotation for the last four seasons, Martinez has never held much appeal outside of AL-only settings due to his poor peripherals. Martinez's ability to eat innings -- as well as a lack of attractive alternatives -- was enough to keep him around in 2017, but a slight uptick in velocity didn't do anything to improve his outlook. The meager gains Martinez made in controlling the zone were completely undermined by his failure to keep the ball in the yard, as Martinez's 2.1 HR/9 rate was the second-worst mark in the majors of any pitcher who covered 110 innings. The Rangers ultimately came to the realization that Martinez's flyball tendencies and lack of strikeout stuff weren't a recipe for success at Globe Life Park, prompting the team to non-tender him in the offseason. Martinez, who underwent sports hernia surgery in November, is expected to be at full strength for spring training, but he'll most likely have to settle for a minor-league deal coming off a career-worst campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League in January of 2018.
Signs to play in Japan
PFree Agent  F
Groin
January 6, 2018
Martinez (groin) signed a contract with the Nippon-Ham Fighters on Saturday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Martinez is headed overseas after the Rangers declined to tender him a contract for 2018. He failed to impress in his last season in the majors, compiling a 5.66 ERA and 67:28 K:BB across 111.1 innings (18 starts, 23 total appearances). The 27-year-old will look to get back on track in Japan.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .291 298 36 31 77 18 2 14
Since 2016vs Right .275 359 47 16 92 15 1 20
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .284 214 30 19 55 12 2 9
2017vs Right .275 264 37 9 69 11 0 17
2016vs Left .310 84 6 12 22 6 0 5
2016vs Right .274 95 10 7 23 4 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-22%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 6.29 1.43 62.0 2 3 0 4.0 2.7 2.3
Since 2016Away 5.17 1.45 86.0 3 8 0 5.7 2.9 1.9
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 6.23 1.45 47.2 1 2 0 4.3 2.5 1.9
2017Away 5.23 1.30 63.2 2 6 0 6.2 2.1 2.3
2016Home 6.46 1.37 15.1 1 1 0 2.9 3.5 3.5
2016Away 5.01 1.84 23.1 1 2 0 4.2 5.0 0.8
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
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2015
Martinez surprised many with a hot start to the 2015 season, although he fizzled out by the end of that campaign. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old and the Rangers alike, there was really no bright spot during his tenure in the big leagues in 2016. The right-hander began the season in the minor leagues, where he did find some success with his excellent control (1.55 BB/9), which helped him to a sound FIP (3.46). This performance afforded him some a few spot starts and some bullpen appearances with Texas throughout the season, but the results were not pretty: 5.59 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 16:19 K:BB, and eight homers allowed in 38.2 innings. To make matters worse, these are the numbers he put up while allowing a below-average .285 BABIP. The Rangers' rotation is pretty thin behind Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, but until Martinez can miss a few more bats and keep the ball in the park, he'll likely be relegated to a Quad-A swingman role with the ceiling of a long reliever.
Martinez started the year on an improbable 4-0 start with a 1.96 ERA over his first 55 innings (nine starts) despite a poor 30:17 K:BB ratio, including seven quality starts. As one would expect, that type of season wasn't sustainable over the long-haul given his continued poor peripherals, and his struggles led to several trips back and forth to Triple-A Round Rock, with just seven wins in 21 starts to go along with a poor 77:46 K:BB rate in 115.0 innings. His major-league career now consists of 265.1 IP, 285 hits allowed, 101 walks and just 154 Ks. There's no room for him in a healthy Texas rotation, though he may start the year as a starter if Yu Darvish isn't able to answer the bell on Opening Day. You'll want no part of Martinez, however.
Hey, a middling arm that the Rangers had to rely on much more than they could’ve possibly envisioned before 2014, that’s weird… they only had 126 of those last year. Fifteen different pitchers made at least one start for the Rangers and Martinez’s 24 were actually second-most. Now do you understand how the Rangers ended up with the worst record in the American League and third-worst overall? For his part, Martinez acquitted himself well enough with a 4.55 ERA, but there was nothing special about it. He didn’t strike anyone out, he walked too many, and he was quite lucky to escape with that ERA. He was destroyed at home (5.24 ERA) thanks to some horrid supporting stats (12.5% strikeout rate, 1.4 K:BB ratio), while somehow escaping with a 4.09 ERA on the road despite almost identical strikeout and walk numbers (12.7%, 1.4). He is penciled in for a starting role again in 2015, but he needn’t be considered for your team regardless of league format.
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Non-tendered by Rangers
PTexas Rangers  F
Groin
December 1, 2017
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Undergoes sports hernia surgery
PTexas Rangers  F
Groin
November 13, 2017
Martinez underwent surgery Monday to repair a sports hernia, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Surrenders six runs in loss
PTexas Rangers  F
September 27, 2017
Martinez (3-8) allowed six runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out two batters through five innings to take the loss against Houston on Wednesday.
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Takes loss despite quality start Friday
PTexas Rangers  F
September 23, 2017
Martinez (3-7) took the loss against the A's on Friday, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk over six innings.
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Will remain in rotation
PTexas Rangers  F
September 18, 2017
Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed that Martinez will remain in the rotation this week and start Friday against the Athletics, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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