Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Many thought the Cardinals should have traded Martinez to the American League for a pitcher before the 2019 season began. Instead, they signed the slugger to a two-year deal and put him in the field until his defensive woes made it impossible to continue to do so. Finally, a trade to the AL materialized, with the Rays acquiring him in January. Martinez had his worst overall season at the plate, no doubt related to the mental struggles of being a DH on a National League roster. Martinez continues to crush lefties (.331/.405/.570 for his career), but his numbers against righties plummeted last year compared to what he did in 2017 and 2018 against them. This move to the AL was long overdue. His defense got him pulled from the Cardinals' lineup, and those issues are still going to cap his playing time even with the DH available. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.25 million contract extension with the Cardinals in February of 2019. Traded to the Rays in January of 2020.
Scuffles at plate early
OFTampa Bay Rays
March 21, 2020
Martinez hit .179 (5-for-28) with two RBI, two walks and one run across 11 Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.
ANALYSIS
Martinez's track record at the plate over the previous three seasons in St. Louis lends credence to the notion that his spring struggles aren't lasting. That's good news for the Rays, who project to lean heavily on Martinez for designated-hitter duties this coming season, especially since his defense continued to be highly questionable before spring training was suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Ideally, manager Kevin Cash will be able to rely on Martinez to occasionally draw starts at first base so that he can maximize opportunities to get the 31-year-old's typically potent bat in the lineup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
8
2
34
2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
2
1
9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+73%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .971 286 38 15 46 0 .323 .401 .570
Since 2017vs Right .775 984 118 26 125 7 .288 .349 .426
2019vs Left .997 78 12 5 15 0 .329 .397 .600
2019vs Right .685 295 33 5 27 3 .254 .325 .360
2018vs Left .776 139 12 3 16 0 .279 .358 .418
2018vs Right .834 451 52 14 67 0 .313 .366 .468
2017vs Left 1.340 69 14 7 15 0 .407 .493 .847
2017vs Right .773 238 33 7 31 4 .282 .346 .427
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .824 595 75 20 83 5 .303 .369 .456
Since 2017Away .813 675 81 21 88 2 .289 .354 .460
2019Home .740 176 23 3 17 3 .278 .369 .371
2019Away .757 197 22 7 25 0 .262 .315 .443
2018Home .840 274 32 9 39 0 .319 .370 .470
2018Away .804 316 32 8 44 0 .293 .359 .445
2017Home .893 145 20 8 27 2 .302 .366 .527
2017Away .902 162 27 6 19 2 .315 .391 .510
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Stat Review
How does Jose Martinez 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
9.4%
 
K Rate
22.0%
 
BABIP
.328
 
ISO
.141
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.340
 
SLG
.410
 
OPS
.751
 
wOBA
.333
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.0%
 
Barrels/PA
4.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
Martinez followed up 2017's 135 wRC+ with a solid 125 mark. Curiously, he greatly improved against right-handed pitching while struggling with the platoon edge. Before 2018, Martinez crushed southpaws, so if he can maintain his gains versus righties while reverting to form against lefties, Martinez could be even more productive. This scenario is plausible since his underlying skills versus both types of pitcher were similar, save for the luck-based metrics of BABIP and HR/FB. After the Paul Goldschmidt acquisition, Martinez is in need of a change of scenery. He is tentatively set to compete with Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for time in right field, but his defensive shortcomings probably pit him third in that pecking order. If he is dealt to the American League, Martinez is the type of mid-tier player that can win leagues since there's upside without much performance risk, as he possesses a solid contact rate in tandem with a stellar hard-hit rate.
A relative unknown entering 2017, Martinez burst onto the scene with 14 homers and an .897 OPS in 307 plate appearances last season. He's a Statcast darling, too; Martinez finished first in xBA, fifth in xwOBA and 17th in average exit velocity (min. 200 at-bats). It's understandable to be skeptical given the lack of pedigree and the fact that Martinez never hit more than 11 homers in a season while on the farm, but most advanced metrics suggest last year's power was real, and that he may just be scratching the surface. Martinez dealt with a thumb injury late in the season, but he returned to hit a homer in the Cardinals' final series, which eased lingering concerns about the injury. Manager Mike Matheny has already said that Martinez has the inside track at a starting job heading into 2018, and Martinez has dual eligibility (first base and outfield). Don't forget about him at the draft table.
Prior to being traded to the Cardinals in May, Martinez started the season with the Royals, where he'd been playing at Triple-A Omaha. Upon joining the Cardinals, he put up a modest .269/.326/.415 line over 87 games at Triple-A Memphis. Once September came around, he made his way up to the majors for the first time in his career. That cup of coffee offered nothing to suggest the need for him to see more playing time. On the other hand, Martinez is capable of performing at the Triple-A level, where he owns a .324/.392/.483 career line, even though his numbers dipped slightly with Memphis in 2016. Look for him to stick around as organizational depth, but it would be a surprise if the Cards are forced to use Martinez in a prominent role this season. If he does land a chance, though, there are tiny hints of potential help with home runs and stolen bases in deep leagues.
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Working diligently on defense
OFTampa Bay Rays
February 17, 2020
Martinez, who's already been in Rays camp for a week, is working on his defense with third-base coach Rodney Linares on a daily basis, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Dealt to Tampa Bay
OFTampa Bay Rays
January 9, 2020
Martinez, Randy Arozarena and a Compensation A pick were traded from the Cardinals to the Rays in exchange for Matt Liberatore, a catching prospect and a Compensation B pick Thursday night, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Big day at dish
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 25, 2019
Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
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Comes through as pinch hitter
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 23, 2019
Martinez entered Sunday's win over the Cubs as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth and laced a triple in his only at-bat.
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Stuck in pinch-hitting role
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 15, 2019
Martinez has not logged a start since returning from the injured list Sept. 1 and has a single and a walk in seven pinch-hit plate appearances during that span.
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