Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez

31-Year-Old PitcherSP
San Diego Padres
2022 Fantasy Outlook
The Padres signed Martinez to a four-year contract during the offseason in order to increase their pitching depth, and he'll have a chance to win a spot at the back end of the starting rotation with a strong spring. The right-hander posted a 1.62 ERA in 23 starts in Japan last season, but he has been less successful in the major leagues, registering a 4.77 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 415.1 career innings. Martinez's competition for the fifth starting spot will include Chris Paddack, Ryan Weathers and MacKenzie Gore. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Padres in December of 2021. Contract includes $6.5 million player option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2023. Contract includes $6.5 million player option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2024. Contract includes $6.5 million player option ($1.5 million buyout) for 2025.
Fantastic in long relief
PSan Diego Padres
May 19, 2022
Martinez scattered two hits and struck out six over four scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Phillies.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old lost his spot in the rotation after Blake Snell returned from a groin injury, but Martinez turned in his best performance of the season in his first relief stint. MacKenzie Gore is also in a similar situation, but if Martinez continues to excel as a long man it might actually hurt his chances of regaining a starting role should one open up, if the Padres decide they don't want to mess with a good thing. On the season, he sports a 3.89 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 36:15 K:BB through 34.2 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
83
Last 10 Games
83
Last 5 Games
84
How many pitches does Nick Martinez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Nick Martinez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2021
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2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .200 69 20 8 12 1 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .284 75 16 7 19 7 0 3
2022vs Left .200 69 20 8 12 1 0 3
2022vs Right .284 75 16 7 19 7 0 3
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-63%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-63%
ERA on Road
2021
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 5.23 1.50 20.2 1 2 0 8.3 5.2 2.6
Since 2020Away 1.93 1.07 14.0 1 0 0 10.9 1.9 0.0
2022Home 5.23 1.50 20.2 1 2 0 8.3 5.2 2.6
2022Away 1.93 1.07 14.0 1 0 0 10.9 1.9 0.0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nick Martinez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.40
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
3.89
 
WHIP
1.33
 
BABIP
.288
 
GB/FB
1.54
 
Left On Base
82.4%
 
Exit Velocity
78.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.8%
 
Spin Rate
2189 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.1%
 
Swinging Strike
12.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
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.
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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Moving to bullpen
PSan Diego Padres
May 16, 2022
Martinez will be replaced in the rotation by Blake Snell (groin) this week, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Surrenders five runs over four
PSan Diego Padres
May 11, 2022
Martinez tossed four innings, allowing five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight in the loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision.
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Throws seven strong innings in win
PSan Diego Padres
May 5, 2022
Martinez (2-2) picked up the win against Miami on Thursday by tossing seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits and one walk while striking out four.
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Earns first win of season
PSan Diego Padres
April 28, 2022
Martinez (1-2) earned the victory during Thursday's 7-5 win over the Reds, allowing two runs on five hits across five innings. He struck out five and walked two.
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Walks five in loss
PSan Diego Padres
April 22, 2022
Martinez (0-2) took the loss during Friday's 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
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