Martin
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.201
HR
10
RBI
25
R
35
SB
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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... read more
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.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 5'10"    WT: 205 lbs.    DOB: 2/15/1983    College: Chipola (FL) JC    Drafted: 17th Rd in 2002Show Contract
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Russell Martin Contract Info:
Signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays in November of 2014.
Grabs start at 3B
CToronto Blue Jays
August 12, 2018
Martin is starting at third base Sunday against the Rays.
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2018 Stat Review for Russell Martin
0.68 BB/K
GREAT
16.1 % BB Rate
ELITE
23.6 % K Rate
WEAK
0.691 OPS
POOR
0.345 OBP
GOOD
0.201 AVG
TERRIBLE
0.240 BABIP
LOW
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First Baseman
  1. 1. JustinJ. Smoak (S)
  2. 2. KendrysK. Morales (S)
Second Baseman
  1. X. LourdesL. Gurriel (R) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. DevonD. Travis (R)
  3. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  4. X. BrandonB. Drury (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 2. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  6. 3. RichardR. Urena (S)
  7. 4. CurtisC. Granderson (L)
Third Baseman
  1. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  2. X. BrandonB. Drury (R) 10-Day DL
  3. 1. RussellR. Martin (R)
  4. 2. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  5. X. JoshJ. Donaldson (R) 60-Day DL
Shortstop
  1. 1. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  2. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  3. X. LourdesL. Gurriel (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 2. RichardR. Urena (S)
  5. 3. RussellR. Martin (R)
  6. X. TroyT. Tulowitzki (R) 60-Day DL
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  1. Russell Martin 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Russell Martin 2017 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. Russell Martin 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  4. Russell Martin 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Russell Martin 2014 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Russell Martin 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Russell Martin 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Russell Martin 2011 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  9. Russell Martin 2010 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  10. Russell Martin 2009 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  11. Russell Martin 2008 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  12. Russell Martin 2007 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  13. Russell Martin 2006 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Grabs start at 3B
CToronto Blue Jays
August 12, 2018
Martin is starting at third base Sunday against the Rays.
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Losing playing time
CToronto Blue Jays
August 7, 2018
Martin is on the bench Tuesday against the Red Sox, marking his fifth absence in the last nine games.
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Resting up Sunday
CToronto Blue Jays
August 5, 2018
Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.
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Gets breather Thursday
CToronto Blue Jays
August 2, 2018
Martin is out of Thursday's starting nine against the Mariners, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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Swats ninth homer
CToronto Blue Jays
August 1, 2018
Martin went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the A's.
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