Eddy Martinez
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Eddy Martinez in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Martinez signed a contract with the Cubs in October of 2015 that will include a $3 million signing bonus.
OFChicago Cubs  A+
June 14, 2016
Martinez, 21, is batting .367 over his last 10 games for Low-A South Bend.
The Cuban defector is now hitting .242/.318/.374 on the season. Martinez has six home runs and five steals through 59 games as he adjusts to professional ball in the United States. His upside remains high, though the Cubs may not aggressively push him with their current wealth of outfielders.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The makings of a potential star player are here, but Martinez is still extremely raw. He got off to a miserable start to 2016 in his first year with a full-season affiliate, batting .235 and .212 with Low-A South Bend in April and May, respectively. He surged in July but failed to build on that momentum, as some bad habits (both at the plate and on the basepaths) returned late. Martinez struck out at least 21 times in all five full months of the minor league season, totaling 113 strikeouts in 517 plate appearances (21.9 percent) while posting a paltry .121 ISO -- that puts a damper on his solid 9.7 percent walk rate for the season. Now 22, Martinez didn't show signs that he's ready for the next step, and the Cubs won't have reason to push him aggressively, so another full season in the lower levels seems likely for the right fielder.
While Martinez, a Cuban defector, entered the July 2 signing period as the top international free agent on the market (according to certain outlets), poor judgment on the part of his handlers led to his going unsigned for several months, and in turn the market dried up. He ended up signing for $3 million with the Cubs after pulling away from a $2.5 million deal with the Giants at the last minute. Shady dealings aside, Martinez has received comparisons to Andruw Jones for his physical appearance, tools, offensive profile and ability to stick in center field. While those comparisons will be difficult for him to live up to, he should be highly coveted in dynasty league drafts as he will be 21 at the start of the 2016 season, so he will require much less patience than other J-2 signings. He may need a couple of seasons in the minor leagues but could be worth the wait, as he has the potential to be above average in every offensive category.
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Eddy Julio Martinez: Signs with Cubs
OFChicago Cubs  A+
October 8, 2015
Martinez has signed a contract with the Cubs that will include a $3 million signing bonus, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
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OFFree Agent  A+
October 6, 2015
Martinez is in fact not signing with the Giants and is still a free agent, ESPN's Keith Law reports.
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OFSan Francisco Giants  A+
October 4, 2015
Martinez signed a contract with the Giants that includes a $2.5 million signing bonus, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports.
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