Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez
30-Year-Old First Baseman1B
St. Louis Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A relative unknown entering 2017, Martinez burst onto the scene with 14 homers and an .897 OPS in 307 plate appearances last season. He's a Statcast darling, too; Martinez finished first in xBA, fifth in xwOBA and 17th in average exit velocity (min. 200 at-bats). It's understandable to be skeptical given the lack of pedigree and the fact that Martinez never hit more than 11 homers in a season while on the farm, but most advanced metrics suggest last year's power was real, and that he may just be scratching the surface. Martinez dealt with a thumb injury late in the season, but he returned to hit a homer in the Cardinals' final series, which eased lingering concerns about the injury. Manager Mike Matheny has already said that Martinez has the inside track at a starting job heading into 2018, and Martinez has dual eligibility (first base and outfield). Don't forget about him at the draft table. Read Past Outlooks
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On base thrice in loss
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 20, 2018
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs in a loss to the Braves on Wednesday.
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Although he's been somewhat overshadowed by the long-ball exploits of some of his teammates recently, Martinez has remained steady and productive at the plate himself. The 30-year-old has gone 5-for-12 with a pair of doubles, a walk and four runs over the last three games, and he's reached safely in eight of his last nine contests overall. He retains an impressive .304/.363/.452 line for the season as well, which has helped him hold on to an everyday job in right field after his ouster from first base due to defensive issues.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+73%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .959 204 28 9 30 0 .331 .407 .552
Since 2016vs Right .814 672 84 21 97 4 .301 .361 .453
2018vs Left .741 123 11 2 15 0 .273 .350 .391
2018vs Right .836 428 50 14 65 0 .313 .367 .469
2017vs Left 1.340 69 14 7 15 0 .407 .493 .847
2017vs Right .773 238 33 7 31 4 .282 .346 .427
2016vs Left 1.083 12 3 0 0 0 .500 .500 .583
2016vs Right .750 6 1 0 1 0 .250 .500 .250
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .854 401 52 16 64 2 .314 .372 .482
Since 2016Away .842 475 60 14 63 2 .304 .371 .471
2018Home .826 249 31 8 36 0 .316 .369 .456
2018Away .806 302 30 8 44 0 .294 .358 .449
2017Home .893 145 20 8 27 2 .302 .366 .527
2017Away .902 162 27 6 19 2 .315 .391 .510
2016Home 1.071 7 1 0 1 0 .500 .571 .500
2016Away .955 11 3 0 0 0 .400 .455 .500
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How does Jose Martinez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). 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.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
17.9%
 
BABIP
.349
 
ISO
.146
 
AVG
.302
 
OBP
.361
 
SLG
.449
 
OPS
.809
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Prior to being traded to the Cardinals in May, Martinez started the season with the Royals, where he'd been playing at Triple-A Omaha. Upon joining the Cardinals, he put up a modest .269/.326/.415 line over 87 games at Triple-A Memphis. Once September came around, he made his way up to the majors for the first time in his career. That cup of coffee offered nothing to suggest the need for him to see more playing time. On the other hand, Martinez is capable of performing at the Triple-A level, where he owns a .324/.392/.483 career line, even though his numbers dipped slightly with Memphis in 2016. Look for him to stick around as organizational depth, but it would be a surprise if the Cards are forced to use Martinez in a prominent role this season. If he does land a chance, though, there are tiny hints of potential help with home runs and stolen bases in deep leagues.
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Heads to bench for series finale
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 16, 2018
Martinez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, Brian Stull of WGNU 920 reports.
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Not in Friday's lineup
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 14, 2018
Martinez is out of the starting nine against the Dodgers on Friday.
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Absent from Wednesday's lineup
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 12, 2018
Martinez is not in the lineup against the Pirates on Wednesday.
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Multi-hit effort in win
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 11, 2018
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run in a win over the Pirates on Monday.
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Three-hit night in win
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 6, 2018
Martinez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday.
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