Nick Martinez

Nick Martinez

33-Year-Old PitcherSP
Cincinnati Reds
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Martinez, who opted out of the final two years of his contract with San Diego in November, recently agreed to terms with Cincinnati that includes an increased salary and opt-out after the 2024 season. The 33-year-old mixes five pitches effectively, with his 80 mph changeup (46.5% whiff) and curveball his best offerings. He produced a career-best 23 percent strikeout rate last season to supplement his elite ground ball rate (53.8%). Martinez has been excellent since his return to the States in 2022 and is capable of starting, closing, setup duties or long relief. His versatility should benefit the Reds pitching staff, but it's worth noting he performed better across nine starts (2.32 ERA, 1.08 WHIP over 42.2 innings) last year than he did over 54 relief appearances (4.12 ERA, 1.37 WHIP over 67.2 innings). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Reds in November of 2023. Contract includes $12 million player option for 2025.
Earns second win
PCincinnati Reds
May 26, 2024
Martinez (2-3) allowed one hit over 4.1 scoreless innings to earn the victory Sunday against the Dodgers. He struck out three.
ANALYSIS
Martinez followed Brent Suter, who faced three batters and served as the opener, tossing 64 pitches while working through the fifth to pick up his second victory of the season. Martinez has now earned both of his wins this season against the Dodgers in similar fashion. Ten days ago, Martinez worked five innings of relief and allowed one baserunner while earning the win in LA, then pulled off the same feat over 4.1 innings Sunday. With Nick Lodolo (groin) slated to return to the rotation Monday, Martinez looks primed to return to his usual long-relief role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
62
Last 10 Games
56
Last 5 Games
54
How many pitches does Nick Martinez generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Nick Martinez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2024
Even Split
2023
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .248 514 122 44 114 14 2 19
Since 2022vs Right .242 594 113 43 131 28 0 11
2024vs Left .268 106 16 4 26 2 2 3
2024vs Right .267 93 18 2 24 10 0 0
2023vs Left .261 196 52 16 46 6 0 7
2023vs Right .224 265 54 24 53 5 0 5
2022vs Left .225 212 54 24 42 6 0 9
2022vs Right .251 236 41 17 54 13 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-2%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-56%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.64 1.23 150.2 6 6 4 8.7 3.2 1.0
Since 2022Away 3.57 1.30 113.1 6 5 5 7.1 2.7 1.0
2024Home 5.34 1.38 32.0 1 2 0 6.5 1.4 0.8
2024Away 2.35 0.78 15.1 1 1 0 6.5 0.6 0.0
2023Home 2.60 1.07 62.1 3 1 1 9.4 3.0 0.7
2023Away 4.50 1.50 48.0 3 3 0 7.7 3.6 1.3
2022Home 3.83 1.31 56.1 2 3 3 9.3 4.3 1.4
2022Away 3.06 1.26 50.0 2 1 5 6.7 2.5 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Nick Martinez compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.17
 
K/9
6.5
 
BB/9
1.3
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
92.1 mph
 
ERA
4.81
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.338
 
GB/FB
0.81
 
Left On Base
59.1%
 
Exit Velocity
81.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.0%
 
Spin Rate
2327 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.9%
 
Swinging Strike
11.0%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could move to bullpen
PCincinnati Reds
April 11, 2024
Thursday's postponement against the Brewers will result in Martinez having his turn in the rotation skipped this weekend versus the White Sox, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic, and it could signal the right-hander will soon be moved to the bullpen.
ANALYSIS
The return of Nick Lodolo from a calf injury this weekend will bump Martinez down the pecking order, with a move to the bullpen now likely unless the Reds shift to a six-man rotation. Martinez didn't exactly put his best foot forward in his two starts, as he allowed eight runs on 14 hits with a 9:2 K:BB over 10 innings. He made nine starts in 63 appearances for the Padres last season and had a 3.43 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, and he's likely better suited for a swingman role than that of a true starter.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Martinez returned to the States in 2022, signing with the Padres after spending four years pitching in Japan. The 32-year-old won a spot in the rotation and made 10 starts before shifting to long relief, a role he would thrive in over the remainder of the season. Martinez had a 2.67 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 54 innings as a reliever, compared to a 4.30 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 52.1 innings as a starter. He finished the campaign with a solid 3.47 ERA and was one of San Diego's most important pitchers down the stretch, tallying eight holds and eight saves as their fill-in closer while Josh Hader overcame his struggles. Martinez declined his $6.5 million player option for 2023, but quickly re-signed with San Diego on a new three-year deal with incentives based on games started, relief appearances and games finished. He'll have a better shot to start based on the departures of Mike Clevinger and Sean Manaea, but don't be surprised if the Padres are flexible with his role again.
The Padres signed Martinez to a four-year contract during the offseason in order to increase their pitching depth, and he'll have a chance to win a spot at the back end of the starting rotation with a strong spring. The right-hander posted a 1.62 ERA in 23 starts in Japan last season, but he has been less successful in the major leagues, registering a 4.77 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 415.1 career innings. Martinez's competition for the fifth starting spot will include Chris Paddack, Ryan Weathers and MacKenzie Gore.
A staple at the back end of the Texas rotation for the last four seasons, Martinez has never held much appeal outside of AL-only settings due to his poor peripherals. Martinez's ability to eat innings -- as well as a lack of attractive alternatives -- was enough to keep him around in 2017, but a slight uptick in velocity didn't do anything to improve his outlook. The meager gains Martinez made in controlling the zone were completely undermined by his failure to keep the ball in the yard, as Martinez's 2.1 HR/9 rate was the second-worst mark in the majors of any pitcher who covered 110 innings. The Rangers ultimately came to the realization that Martinez's flyball tendencies and lack of strikeout stuff weren't a recipe for success at Globe Life Park, prompting the team to non-tender him in the offseason. Martinez, who underwent sports hernia surgery in November, is expected to be at full strength for spring training, but he'll most likely have to settle for a minor-league deal coming off a career-worst campaign.
Martinez surprised many with a hot start to the 2015 season, although he fizzled out by the end of that campaign. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old and the Rangers alike, there was really no bright spot during his tenure in the big leagues in 2016. The right-hander began the season in the minor leagues, where he did find some success with his excellent control (1.55 BB/9), which helped him to a sound FIP (3.46). This performance afforded him some a few spot starts and some bullpen appearances with Texas throughout the season, but the results were not pretty: 5.59 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 16:19 K:BB, and eight homers allowed in 38.2 innings. To make matters worse, these are the numbers he put up while allowing a below-average .285 BABIP. The Rangers' rotation is pretty thin behind Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, but until Martinez can miss a few more bats and keep the ball in the park, he'll likely be relegated to a Quad-A swingman role with the ceiling of a long reliever.
Martinez started the year on an improbable 4-0 start with a 1.96 ERA over his first 55 innings (nine starts) despite a poor 30:17 K:BB ratio, including seven quality starts. As one would expect, that type of season wasn't sustainable over the long-haul given his continued poor peripherals, and his struggles led to several trips back and forth to Triple-A Round Rock, with just seven wins in 21 starts to go along with a poor 77:46 K:BB rate in 115.0 innings. His major-league career now consists of 265.1 IP, 285 hits allowed, 101 walks and just 154 Ks. There's no room for him in a healthy Texas rotation, though he may start the year as a starter if Yu Darvish isn't able to answer the bell on Opening Day. You'll want no part of Martinez, however.
Hey, a middling arm that the Rangers had to rely on much more than they could’ve possibly envisioned before 2014, that’s weird… they only had 126 of those last year. Fifteen different pitchers made at least one start for the Rangers and Martinez’s 24 were actually second-most. Now do you understand how the Rangers ended up with the worst record in the American League and third-worst overall? For his part, Martinez acquitted himself well enough with a 4.55 ERA, but there was nothing special about it. He didn’t strike anyone out, he walked too many, and he was quite lucky to escape with that ERA. He was destroyed at home (5.24 ERA) thanks to some horrid supporting stats (12.5% strikeout rate, 1.4 K:BB ratio), while somehow escaping with a 4.09 ERA on the road despite almost identical strikeout and walk numbers (12.7%, 1.4). He is penciled in for a starting role again in 2015, but he needn’t be considered for your team regardless of league format.
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Falls to Friars
PCincinnati Reds
May 23, 2024
Martinez (1-3) took the loss Wednesday as the Reds were downed 7-3 by the Padres, coughing up five runs on eight hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out two.
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In line for start Wednesday
PCincinnati Reds
May 21, 2024
Martinez is listed as the Reds' probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Padres in Cincinnati.
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Picks up first win
PCincinnati Reds
May 17, 2024
Martinez (1-2) earned the win over the Dodgers on Thursday, pitching five shutout innings in relief while allowing one hit and striking out four.
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Set for bulk-relief role
PCincinnati Reds
May 16, 2024
Martinez is expected to operate as a bulk reliever behind opener Brent Suter in Thursday's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Option to start Thursday
PCincinnati Reds
May 15, 2024
Martinez is a candidate to start or work in bulk relief in Thursday's game against the Dodgers, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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