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.
On base thrice in win
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 24, 2019
Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Martinez's slow start is a distant memory at this point, as the 30-year-old has now hit safely in seven straight. Moreover, Martinez is hitting .420 overall in 52 April plate appearances, pushing his season average to an impressive .368 overall across his first 23 games.
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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
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+36%
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 .969 219 28 11 35 0 .323 .401 .568
Since 2017vs Right .812 738 93 21 104 4 .307 .361 .452
2019vs Left 1.091 11 2 1 4 0 .364 .364 .727
2019vs Right .801 49 8 0 6 0 .370 .388 .413
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
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+218%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .885 455 62 18 73 2 .329 .381 .504
Since 2017Away .813 502 59 14 66 2 .293 .360 .453
2019Home 1.194 36 10 1 7 0 .515 .528 .667
2019Away .375 24 0 0 3 0 .167 .167 .208
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.
BB/K
0.18
 
BB Rate
3.3%
 
K Rate
18.3%
 
BABIP
.435
 
ISO
.105
 
AVG
.368
 
OBP
.383
 
SLG
.474
 
OPS
.857
 
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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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Fitting cap on strong series
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 22, 2019
Martinez went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
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Collects three hits
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 20, 2019
Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double, a run, and three RBI in Saturday's 10-2 win over the Mets.
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Finally goes yard
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 19, 2019
Martinez went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Mets.
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Joins starting lineup
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 17, 2019
Martinez is starting in right field and hitting fifth Wednesday against the Brewers.
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Registers four hits
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
April 11, 2019
Martinez went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in Thursday's 11-7 victory over the Dodgers.
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