Russell Martin
Russell Martin
36-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
10-Day IL
Injury Back
Est. Return 4/26/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Last season, Martin played at least one game at catcher, third base, shortstop and left field, and was a player-manager on the final day of the season. He made 21 appearances at third base, so he has dual eligibility for the first time in his career. He was dealt to the Dodgers in January, and figures to split time behind the plate with Austin Barnes. Martin has barely been above 350 plate appearances the past few years after multiple seasons over the 475 mark. He is in full age decline as his batting average has declined each of the past five seasons from a high point of .290 down to .194 last season. The walk rate and contact rate have held up, but the quality of contact has not. Catcher is so shallow that Martin remains a mixed-league consideration in two-catcher formats, but in the endgame. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#614
ADP
Add To Watchlist
$Signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays in November of 2014. Traded to the Dodgers in January of 2019.
Will not need rehab start
CLos Angeles Dodgers
Back
April 21, 2019
Martin (back) will not go on a rehab start, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
ANALYSIS
Martin, who participated in batting practice and caught a bullpen session Saturday, won't have to go to the minors first before coming back from his back injury. Per Plunkett, he'll go through a "simulated situation" Friday and could be activated from the injured list by next weekend. The veteran had five hits in 15 at-bats with a homer before he landed on the IL.
Read More News
Batting Stats
Loading Batting Stats...
MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Batting Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Batting Game Log...
Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+86%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .639 176 19 4 12 0 .190 .343 .296
Since 2017vs Right .730 563 74 20 50 1 .217 .346 .384
2019vs Left .700 8 3 0 0 0 .200 .500 .200
2019vs Right 1.300 14 4 1 2 0 .400 .500 .800
2018vs Left .683 88 6 2 5 0 .222 .364 .319
2018vs Right .657 264 31 8 20 0 .184 .330 .327
2017vs Left .581 80 10 2 7 0 .154 .304 .277
2017vs Right .772 285 39 11 28 1 .240 .354 .417
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+52%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .736 342 44 12 29 0 .223 .346 .390
Since 2017Away .685 397 49 12 33 1 .201 .345 .340
2019Home .983 13 4 0 0 0 .333 .538 .444
2019Away 1.278 9 3 1 2 0 .333 .444 .833
2018Home .563 176 17 4 9 0 .152 .301 .262
2018Away .764 176 20 6 16 0 .236 .375 .389
2017Home .908 153 23 8 20 0 .293 .382 .526
2017Away .598 212 26 5 15 1 .167 .316 .282
More Splits View More Split Stats
Stat Review
How does Russell Martin 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
1.67
 
BB Rate
22.7%
 
K Rate
13.6%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.267
 
AVG
.333
 
OBP
.500
 
SLG
.600
 
OPS
1.100
 
Advanced Batting Stats
Loading Advanced Batting Stats...
Additional Stats
Games By Position
Defensive Stats
Loading Games Played by Position...
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Upcoming Pitchers
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Dodgers Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Russell Martin
Farm Futures: Everyone's Favorite Type Of Prospect
6 days ago
James Anderson highlights some upper-level hitters off to hot starts that could portend breakout seasons, including Pittsburgh's shortstop of the future, Cole Tucker.
NL FAAB Factor - Waiver Pickups of the Week
9 days ago
Jan Levine returns with the latest crop of available NL players, including an injured Nick Senzel primed to return to Cinci in the next month.
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
22 days ago
Erik Halterman highlights players trending up, and those trending down, including reliever Josh Hader, who could have a huge season if he keeps the closer job for the Brewers.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
30 days ago
Jan Levine kicks off the 2019 NL FAAB festivities with a thorough look at possible options, including an intriguing battle for bullpen supremacy in Arizona.
Collette Calls: AL West Bold Predictions
47 days ago
Jason Collette is back with more bold predictions, this time for the AL West. Can Delino DeShields Jr. steal 30 bases this season?
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
On a per-game basis, Martin's age-34 campaign looked very similar to the one before it, as he was on a pace to approach 20 homers if he had been able to stay healthy for another 130-game workload. Nerve inflammation in his shoulder cost Martin a couple weeks in May, and the problem seemed to resurface in June before an oblique injury put him back on the DL in August. As the injuries piled up, Martin's production tailed off and he hit .198/.276/.360 in the second half after posting a more typical .235/.378/.403 line in the first half. Considering his age, the Blue Jays are unlikely to put a full starter's workload on Martin's shoulders at this stage of his career, so it's reasonable to expect 110-115 games if he's able to avoid the nagging ailments that caused him to play less than he has in any of his 12 big-league seasons to date in 2017.
Martin had a brutal start to the season, hitting .150 over 60 at-bats in April. He was even worse in the final month, posting a .148 average in 81 at-bats. However, in the four months sandwiched between, Martin hit .295 with 16 home runs and 67 RBI. Overall, the catcher tallied similar numbers to what he had the previous year, although Martin's power dipped a bit in 2016. Most alarming about the veteran's recent campaign is the career-high 27.7 percent strikeout rate -- up from 20.9 percent in 2015 and up more than 10 percentage points from his career 17.4 percent mark. This could be a sign that Martin's bat speed is declining. Father Time is certainly chasing down Martin, but there doesn't appear to be another catcher in the organization ready to challenge him for the spot. He's only in the third year of a five-year, $82 million contract, putting him in position for another busy year at age-34 in 2017.
Martin's return to his native Canada was a success, as he topped 20 home runs for the first time in five years and posted his best run and RBI totals since his time with the Dodgers. Martin couldn't repeat his .290 average from 2014, but his power showed up in a big way in righty-friendly Rogers Centre, as Martin's .458 slugging percentage was his highest since 2007. Martin is a .257 career hitter, but he has topped .250 just once since 2010 and his days as a hitter for average are probably over. Selling out for power is often worth it at Rogers Centre, where Martin will ply his trade for the next four seasons and where he hit .243/.331/.477 with 13 of his 23 home runs in 2015. He should have loads of run and RBI chances once again in that scary Toronto lineup.
With free agency looming, Martin picked a pretty good time to slash .290/.402/.430 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI. He also threw out 39 percent of baserunners (37 of 96), setting himself up for a monster payday, which he received from Toronto (five years, $82 million). Since pitch-framing isn't a category, the catcher's fantasy value doesn't reflect his true baseball value. Considering that Martin hadn't hit higher than .250 since 2007 before last season, there's reason to expect a downturn to his overall numbers in 2015. Throw into the mix that he started 106 games behind the plate in 2014, his second-lowest figure in nine seasons. Martin will be out to prove that 2014 wasn't a fluke, but fantasy owners may want to temper their enthusiasm for a 32-year-old catcher with a history of knee and shoulder problems.
Martin is an ultimate gamer, a catcher who refuses to sit at the detriment of his offensive numbers. The free-agent pickup batted .255/.357/.410 with 11 homers, 55 RBI and nine stolen bases through Aug. 15. A chronic knee injury caught up to him, however, and his numbers dropped off the table thereafter -- he hit .138/.234/.275 in 109 at-bats, with just one unsuccessful stolen base attempt. Martin finished with a .226 batting average and has hit a combined .225 over the last three seasons. Mostly likely, that trend will continue in 2014, as will his ability to hit double-digit homers and steal close to 10 bases.
Martin spent much of 2012 under the Mendoza line, but came on a bit toward the end of the season, going 28 for his last 98 (.286), and putting up 10 of his career-high 21 homers over that span. The Yankees were interested in re-signing Martin, as prospect Austin Romine was injured for much of 2012, and Gary Sanchez is at least a couple of years away. Instead of returning to New York, he opted to sign a two-year deal with Pittsburgh. Martin's full-season numbers may scare away owners at the draft table, and given the improvement he showed toward the end of 2012, he's still a viable starter in NL-only and deeper mixed formats.
Martin got off to a strong start in 2011, hitting .292 in April and making the All-Star team, but he struggled for much of the balance of the season, and ended up the year hitting just .237 while his contact rate quietly slipped for the third straight season. The 18 homers Martin put up look decent for a catcher, but six of those were in April and it would be a mistake to count on that kind of production in 2012.  Martin does still have a good eye at the plate, and eight steals are helpful from a catcher, but there are many stronger options available behind the plate and repeating his numbers from last season is likely a best-case scenario.
Martin has gone from an elite catcher in 2007 to a very good in 2008 to a mediocre option the past two seasons. On the plus side, Martin's plate discipline remains solid (BB/PA rates of 11.8 and 12.4 percent the past two seasons), but the power has vanished. After homering once every 28.4 at-bats in 2007, Martin has regressed to 42.5, 72.1, and 66.2 the past three seasons. He signed a one-year deal with the Yankees in December to be their primary backstop, but keep in mind he's still going to play all of 2011 as a 28-year-old coming back from hip and knee surgeries.
Martin batted a disappointing .250/.352/.329 in 2009, the second consecutive season his OPS has experienced a drop-off. Compared to 2007, Martin's home runs dropped from 19 to seven and his stolen bases have fallen from 21 to 11. Martin appeared in 12 fewer games last year than in 2008, so perhaps it's a combination of overuse and lack of conditioning. Still, he's just 27 and should probably be considered a top-10 catcher heading into 2010.
Once again among the leaders in catcher at-bats, Martin batted .280/.385/.396 with 18 stolen bases in his third full season. His power output was down (from 19 homers and 32 doubles in 2007 to 13 and 25 last season), with the fact that just three of the 13 homers came after the All-Star break giving more ammo to those who think Martin needs a few more days off. Continue to consider him a top-five catcher in 2009 and expect a few more days off and/or starts at third base in order to keep him fresh for the season's second half.
Martin quickly became a fan favorite in 2006, and stepped up to become a fantasy superstar. He's arguably baseball's most valuable fantasy catcher (considering his age) after a 2007 in which Martin hit 19 homers and stole 21 bases. No other catcher had more than seven steals and Martin's 87 RBI ranked second in the NL to Brian McCann. At age 25 and with perhaps an improved Dodgers lineup, Martin could be even better in 2008.
Martin played Wally Pipp to Dioner Navarro's Lou Gehrig, as he stepped in for the injured Navarro in May and never looked back. Long thought of as the team's catcher of the future, the future came a bit sooner than expected, as Martin solidified his hold on the position, probably for the forseeable future. At the plate, he is a fundamentally sound mix of plate discipline and developing power. Seasons of .300/.400/.480 could be in his future and with the fantasy catcher list tending to thin quickly, Martin is already one of the best.
Many scouts and officials in the Dodgers' organization view Martin as the best catching prospect in the system, ahead of even Dioner Navarro. Martin's defensive skills are widely acclaimed and he has a nice patient approach at the plate. He still needs to grow into his power, but there's some potential there as well. Martin could reach the majors by midseason, or when Sandy Alomar Jr. has his first DL trip.
More Fantasy News
Takes batting practice
CLos Angeles Dodgers
Back
April 20, 2019
Martin (back) participated in batting practice and caught a bullpen session Saturday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Likely headed for rehab stint
CLos Angeles Dodgers
Back
April 19, 2019
Martin (back) is expected to require a rehab assignment prior to returning from the injured list, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Slowly progressing
CLos Angeles Dodgers
Back
April 16, 2019
Martin said Tuesday that his back injury is improving, but "just not as fast as I would like," Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Heads to injured list
CLos Angeles Dodgers
Back
April 10, 2019
Martin was placed on the 10-day injured list with lower-back inflammation Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
First multi-hit outing of 2019
CLos Angeles Dodgers
April 5, 2019
Martin went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.