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
$Signed a two-year, $3.25 million contract extension with the Cardinals in February of 2020.
Receives two-year extension
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
February 23, 2019
Martinez signed a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday. He'll earn a total of $3.25 million plus incentives over the next two seasons, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
After the Cardinals acquired Paul Goldschmidt over the winter, Martinez found himself without a clear path to a starting gig, prompting some to wonder if St. Louis might trade the 30-year-old elsewhere rather than keep him around as an overqualified bench bat. The Cardinals' decision to extend Martinez doesn't necessarily take a trade off the table, as he'll still be under club control through 2022 at what's still a team-friendly price with two years of arbitration remaining after the extension ends following the 2020 season. Instead, the deal merely gives some extra financial security to a late bloomer who could still pick up meaningful work this season even if he doesn't currently top the depth chart at any position. An injury to Goldschmidt or a starting job in the outfield would certainly improve his fantasy outlook, but Martinez's stellar numbers -- he's slashed .309/.372/.478 across 915 career plate appearances -- are enough to make him a worthy target in drafts while his price remains depressed.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .968 220 29 10 31 0 .332 .408 .560
Since 2016vs Right .813 695 86 21 99 4 .302 .360 .453
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
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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Since 2016Home .861 426 53 17 67 2 .316 .372 .490
Since 2016Away .840 489 62 14 63 2 .303 .372 .468
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
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Could challenge for everyday role
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
January 20, 2019
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Saturday that he views Martinez as someone who "could play everyday" during the 2019 season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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On base thrice in finale
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 30, 2018
Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run in a loss to the Cubs on Sunday.
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Smacks 17th homer
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 25, 2018
Martinez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Monday.
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Doubles twice in win
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 23, 2018
Martinez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Giants.
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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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