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Martin Maldonado
Birthdate: 8/16/1986 (30 y, 7 m, 14 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/230     Position: C
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 27, Pick: 12, Overall: 803, Team: Anaheim Angels
Contract: $1.7M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Maldonado has been mired in a 4-for-39 slump this spring. (3/26/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Maldonado had settled nicely into a role as Jonathan Lucroy’s backup in Milwaukee for many years. With Lucroy traded at the deadline last season, Maldonado found himself first on the depth chart. The Puerto Rican backstop hit just .202 on the year, but his career-high 14% walk rate fueled a .332 on-base percentage. Maldonado also added eight homers (tying a career high) in his 253 plate appearances, contributing to a .149 ISO. Overall, his .683 OPS came in above his lifetime .640 mark. Looking closer, Maldonado has not shown much preference in terms of handedness splits, but he has continued to prefer batting at hitter-friendly Miller Park, with a .123 difference in OPS between home and road in his career. He has lost that advantage heading into 2017, however, as he was traded in the offseason to Anaheim -- the team that originally drafted him. With a career .217 batting average, no speed, moderate power, and a new environment that may not be favorable, Maldonado is a fringe fantasy option whose biggest value is his consistent playing time. (Dylan Higgins)

The Quick Opinion: Maldonado had built a career as a backup in Milwaukee before taking over full-time as Lucroy’s replacement, and he will now be at the top of the depth chart with the Angels. The career .217 hitter is capable of drawing his share of walks, but his moderate power means he is only useful in deeper fantasy formats heading into his age-30 season.

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