Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez
30-Year-Old First Baseman1B
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Martinez followed up 2017's 135 wRC+ with a solid 125 mark. Curiously, he greatly improved against right-handed pitching while struggling with the platoon edge. Before 2018, Martinez crushed southpaws, so if he can maintain his gains versus righties while reverting to form against lefties, Martinez could be even more productive. This scenario is plausible since his underlying skills versus both types of pitcher were similar, save for the luck-based metrics of BABIP and HR/FB. After the Paul Goldschmidt acquisition, Martinez is in need of a change of scenery. He is tentatively set to compete with Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for time in right field, but his defensive shortcomings probably pit him third in that pecking order. If he is dealt to the American League, Martinez is the type of mid-tier player that can win leagues since there's upside without much performance risk, as he possesses a solid contact rate in tandem with a stellar hard-hit rate. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $3.25 million contract extension with the Cardinals in February of 2020.
Heads to bench
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
May 22, 2019
Martinez will sit for the afternoon portion of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Royals.
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Martinez sits for the first time in nearly three weeks. He's hit an unimpressive .246/.313/.377 in 16 games since his last time out of the lineup. Dexter Fowler gets the start in right field.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
26
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+73%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .976 234 32 12 38 0 .329 .401 .575
Since 2017vs Right .801 821 100 22 112 5 .301 .360 .441
2019vs Left 1.077 26 6 2 7 0 .385 .385 .692
2019vs Right .737 132 15 1 14 1 .297 .364 .373
2018vs Left .776 139 12 3 16 0 .279 .358 .418
2018vs Right .834 451 52 14 67 0 .313 .366 .468
2017vs Left 1.340 69 14 7 15 0 .407 .493 .847
2017vs Right .773 238 33 7 31 4 .282 .346 .427
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .870 501 68 19 78 3 .322 .380 .490
Since 2017Away .812 554 64 15 72 2 .295 .359 .453
2019Home .932 82 16 2 12 1 .366 .439 .493
2019Away .659 76 5 1 9 0 .260 .289 .370
2018Home .840 274 32 9 39 0 .319 .370 .470
2018Away .804 316 32 8 44 0 .293 .359 .445
2017Home .893 145 20 8 27 2 .302 .366 .527
2017Away .902 162 27 6 19 2 .315 .391 .510
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.39
 
BB Rate
7.6%
 
K Rate
19.6%
 
BABIP
.378
 
ISO
.118
 
AVG
.313
 
OBP
.367
 
SLG
.431
 
OPS
.798
 
wOBA
.353
 
Exit Velocity
90.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.6%
 
Barrels/PA
5.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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.
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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Keeps hitting in loss
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
May 18, 2019
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Rangers on Friday.
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Slugs two-run homer
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
May 12, 2019
Martinez went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored Sunday against Pittsburgh.
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Blasts second homer
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
May 4, 2019
Martinez went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run in a 6-5 loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
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Starting streak ends
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
May 2, 2019
Martinez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Nationals.
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Offensive tear continues
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
May 2, 2019
Martinez went 2-for-3 with a two-run single, a double, a walk and a run in a win over the Nationals on Wednesday.
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