Julio Pablo Martinez
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
When Martinez agreed to his contract with the Rangers, the prevailing belief was that he'd be assigned to either High-A or Double-A out of the chute after impressing as a teenager in the Cuban National Series. Martinez played about a week in the Dominican Summer League and then spent the rest of the season at Low-A ball. The numbers look good at a glance, with Martinez posting a 121 wRC+, eight homers and 11 stolen bases in 60 games, but they weren't all that impressive when considering age versus level. The fact that he struck 25.3% of the time at Low-A as a 22-year-old raises real concerns about his ability to hit upper-level pitching. Martinez went on to fare well in the Arizona Fall League, though the caliber of the pitching in this year's AFL was pretty low. There's some upside here, but he has to make enough contact for the other tools to shine through, and we haven't seen enough yet to suggest the odds of him doing so are particularly good. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rangers in April of 2018 that includes a $2.8 million signing bonus.
Warming up
OFTexas Rangers  A+
June 13, 2019
Martinez went 2-for-4 with his eighth homer of the season and seventh with High-A Down East on Wednesday, MiLB.com reports.
Martinez's overall numbers aren't great, but he's heated up recently after a rough start upon arrival at Down East. Since May 24, over 16 games, he's hitting .291/.381/.636 with six homers and four stolen bases. Alas, he still has 63 strikeouts in 187 plate appearances at Down East, good for a 33.7 strikeout percentage.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Rangers compiled international bonus funds in hopes of signing Shohei Ohtani. They were unsuccessful, but still made use of their full bonus pool, giving Martinez a $2.8 million bonus in March of 2018. A 5-foot-10 power/speed center fielder who turns 22 on March 21, Martinez will be ready to handle High-A or Double-A at the outset of the season. He has double-plus speed, which will be his fantasy carrying tool, but also has plus raw power. There are strikeout concerns, so it's possible that he never hits better than .250 in the majors, but even so, there's a chance for Carlos Gomez-esque production in his peak years.
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Promoted to High-A
OFTexas Rangers  A+
May 3, 2019
Martinez was promoted to High-A Down East about two weeks ago due to an injury to Bubba Thompson, but he has struggled so far in 15 games, hitting just .135/.217/.269 in 60 plate appearances, Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reports.
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Likely headed to Low-A
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March 25, 2019
The Rangers are likely to assign Martinez to Low-A Hickory to begin the 2019 season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Removed from AFL
OFTexas Rangers  A+
November 6, 2018
Martinez was removed from the Arizona Fall League due to right abductor tightness, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Delivers four-hit performance
OFTexas Rangers  A+
August 22, 2018
Martinez went 4-for-6 with a home run and a double for short-season Spokane in its 6-0 win over Everett on Tuesday.
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To join Spokane on Friday
OFTexas Rangers  A+
June 13, 2018
Martinez will be promoted to short-season Spokane on Friday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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