Chris Martin
Chris Martin
34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Two seasons ago, Martin was pitching in Japan after failed stints with the Rockies and Yankees. In 2019, he emerged as a viable setup man, racking up 18 holds and four saves in 58 appearances between Texas and Atlanta. The right-hander established career bests in nearly every category including FIP (3.24), WHIP (1.02) and strikeout rate (30.1%). Martin limited baserunners by posting the second-lowest walk rate in the league among qualified relievers (2.3 BB%). That number was not an aberration; he maintained a similarly-stingy 2.8 BB% in 2018. Relievers who strike out over a batter an inning while demonstrating elite command/control are hard to find -- especially when they have a five-pitch arsenal as Martin does. The 33-year-old returned to Atlanta on a two-year, $14 million deal, and while closing seems unlikely with Mark Melancon and Will Smith heading up the relief corps, it's not out of the question. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Braves in November of 2019.
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PAtlanta Braves
March 10, 2020
Martin (oblique) is listed as an available reliever for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.
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Martin has been limited to two appearances this spring while contending with the oblique injury, but he'll get the green light to return to action after facing hitters last week without issue. The right-hander is locked into a spot in the Braves' Opening Day bullpen, though he may have to settle for more middle-relief work this season after Atlanta bolstered its relief corps with the addition of Will Smith over the winter.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
11
How many pitches does Chris Martin generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Chris Martin generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-31%
BAA vs LHP
2018
Even Split
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .227 161 46 6 35 6 0 7
Since 2017vs Right .283 232 56 4 63 10 0 7
2019vs Left .202 101 35 1 20 2 0 5
2019vs Right .291 115 30 4 32 5 0 4
2018vs Left .273 60 11 5 15 4 0 2
2018vs Right .274 117 26 0 31 5 0 3
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.23 1.09 53.0 2 2 1 8.8 0.8 1.4
Since 2017Away 4.67 1.13 44.1 0 6 3 10.2 1.0 1.2
2019Home 3.54 1.14 28.0 1 1 1 10.3 0.3 1.9
2019Away 3.25 0.90 27.2 0 2 3 10.7 1.3 1.0
2018Home 2.88 1.04 25.0 1 1 0 7.2 1.4 0.7
2018Away 7.02 1.50 16.2 0 4 0 9.2 0.5 1.6
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Chris Martin compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
13.00
 
K/9
10.5
 
BB/9
0.8
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
95.7 mph
 
ERA
3.40
 
WHIP
1.02
 
BABIP
.319
 
GB/FB
1.90
 
Left On Base
76.6%
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.2%
 
Spin Rate
2203 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.1%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Martin pitched in Japan the past two years after disappointing stints with the Rockies in 2014 and Yankees in 2015. The 31-year-old had a 1.12 ERA and 91:13 K:BB in 89.1 innings of relief with the Nippon Ham Fighters over the past two seasons. He'll work in middle relief after signing a two-year, $4 million contract with the Rangers.
Martin was traded to the Yankees toward the end of the offseason last year, but struggled to make much of an impact in the majors, as he pitched to a 5.66 ERA in 20.2 innings. He was released by New York at the beginning of the 2015 offseason with the intention of signing with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan, so he'll likely be off the fantasy radar entirely for at least the 2016 season, if not beyond.
Martin made his debut with the Rockies as a 27-year-old last April, completing an improbable journey to the majors for the reliever, who had been a full-time warehouse worker just four years earlier. Unfortunately for Martin, the feel-good story didn’t continue during his 16 appearances with the Rockies (6.89 ERA, 1.66 WHIP), and his surface numbers weren’t overwhelmingly better over his 26.2 innings at Triple-A, either. There were some positive things to take away from his time with the Rockies, however. On the strength of a mid-90s fastball he was often able to keep low in the zone, Martin generated a 60.8% groundball rate. Moreover, the right-hander’s .408 BABIP and 3.77 FIP indicate that he could become a passable MLB reliever with a little better luck. He’ll get another look in the Colorado bullpen this season, though it’s unlikely he’ll rank high on the totem pole for saves.
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Throwing live batting practice
PAtlanta Braves
Oblique
March 2, 2020
Martin (oblique) threw a live batting practice session Monday and could make his Grapefruit League debut soon, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Re-signs with Braves
PAtlanta Braves
November 19, 2019
Martin (oblique) signed a two-year, $14 million deal with the Braves on Tuesday.
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Removed from NLDS roster
PAtlanta Braves
Oblique
October 4, 2019
Martin (oblique) was removed from the Braves' NLDS roster Friday.
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Not expected to return for NLDS
PAtlanta Braves
Oblique
October 3, 2019
Martin is expected to miss the remainder of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals after leaving Game 1 with left oblique tightness, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Departs with tight oblique
PAtlanta Braves
Oblique
October 3, 2019
Martin was removed from Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday against the Cardinals due to left oblique tightness.
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