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J.D. Martinez
Birthdate: 8/21/1987 (29 y, 7 m, 9 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/200     Position: OF
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 20, Pick: 20, Overall: 611, Team: Houston Astros
Contract: $18.5M / 2 Years (2016 - 2017)
RotoWire News: Martinez (foot) sprained his lisfranc ligament and will be out 3-4 weeks, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. (3/24/2017)
Injury: Foot, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: I mean, I guess Martinez's 2016 season could be perceived as a letdown. He hit "only" 22 home runs — a three-year low, both nominally and per plate appearance — and barely eclipsed 500 plate appearances. Yet last year also offered positive developments: his strikeout and walk rates improved for a third straight season, and his hard and soft-contact rates ranked ninth-best and third-best, respectively, among qualified hitters. The excellent contact quality has lofted his batting average on balls in play to impressive levels - he trails only Paul Goldschmidt in BABIP since 2014. He recaptured his elite BABIP from 2014 at the expense of his fly ball gains from 2015. This correlation should come as no surprise; xBABIP shows that a seven-point increase in fly balls correlates with a 35- to 40-point decrease in BABIP. In other words, his actual BABIP has behaved exactly how we would expect it to each of the last three years. It becomes a question, then, of which version of Martinez you like better: 25-homer/.310 version or the 35-homer/.280 version. (Both sounds pretty dang good if you ask me.) Although durability could now be a concern, he's a top-12 outfielder when healthy and should be treated as such. Just don't expect us to ever properly hyperlink his name. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: He endured an injury-shortened 2016 season, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary for the spectacular Martinez. He's a unique power-average dual threat and a no-brainer top-12 outfielder.

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