- Is Delmon Young About to Break Out?
- Edgar Martinez on Hitting
To say Edgar Martinez knows hitting would be to state the obvious. The Seattle Mariners legend slashed .312/.418/.515 between 1987 and 2004, and he won a pair of batting titles along the way. He
- Daily Graphing - Javier Vazquez
A couple of weeks ago, Javier Vazquez formally requested to be traded. If the Diamondbacks don't trade him by March 15th, he will have the option to become a free agent. Up until being traded
- Yangervis Solarte or Javier Baez?
Okay, in any sort of keeper or dynasty situation, the titular question is ridiculous of course. The recently promoted Javier Baez has all the pedigree, power and speed, and Yangervis Solarte
- Javier Baez and the Anomalous Dinger
hit down the line to the opposite field. That's actually the opposite of how we see them.
So, Javier Baez is in the major leagues now.
We don't know what Baez is going to be, and we won't
- Javier Vazquez's Rough Inning
in front of the world.
I’m not sure that Javier Vazquez lost it last night, but he forced the issue. He settled down and his final line looks respectable: three innings, one hit, two earned runs, two
- Javier "Frustration" Vazquez
, Scott Rolen was an absolutely incredible fielder, and when the Expos had Javier Vazquez on the mound they were going to be tough to beat. I didn't immerse myself in the numbers but perhaps the scout
- Javier Vazquez and the Strike Zone
Javier Vazquez entered the 6th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays last night by walking Ben Zobrist. What ensued afterward was horrific for Yankee fans to watch, as he proceeded to hit not one
- Javier Vazquez: Not Cooked Yet
After a ho-hum second stint in the Bronx last year and a disastrous beginning to his Marlins career, most fantasy owners stuck a fork in Javier Vazquez. After all, the soon-to-be 36-year-old
- Martinez To Boston
. The one they landed on, Victor Martinez, is a great fit for their roster.
Martinez can catch when Varitek isn't, can play first when Lowell needs a day off, or can DH when Francona wants to give
- How Pitchers are Pitching to Javier Baez
Javier Baez is a player who transcends ordinary prospect-dom. Not just because he possesses extraordinary skills -- also because he's a prospect in whom fans of every team might be interested
- Uncertainty, Mookie Betts, and Javier Baez
chance of being nothing. Mookie Betts will be a solid player unless he dies.
Let's think about Javier Baez and Mookie Betts. Let's see what we can do to effectively crowdsource their uncertainties
- Eric Hosmer versus Javier Lopez
. But in practice, it was a workmanlike effort and a mistake that finally ended the battle between Eric Hosmer and Javier Lopez.
The first pitch was a mistake from Lopez. High in the zone
- The Marlins Prepare to Add Javier Vazquez
For the second time in Javier Vazquez’s career, he will rejoin the National League after a miserable season with the New York Yankees. Following the 2004 season, the Yankees traded Vazquez
- Javier Baez and Risk in the Middle Infield
I already took a look at some of the risky upside picks in the outfield. Now I’ll tackle the middle infield.
The Javier Baez story if fairly familiar by now. The 22-year-old brings massive power
- Javier Baez and Swinging Strike Rate
Javier Baez has been getting quite a bit of acclaim since returning to the Cubs with his reduced strikeout rate. In 2014, Baez had a 42% strikeout rate (K%) in the majors and 2015 value of 22% K
- Javier Baez's Unique Skill Set
The Javier Baez era has begun. Perhaps it did so a bit sooner than most had anticipated. Baez came up as a shortstop, but someone named Starlin Castro had solidified himself at the position in Cubby
- Other Pedro Martinez Day
Today, November 29, I hereby declare to be Other Pedro Martinez Day. As you surely know, Other Pedro Martinez, also known as Pedro A. Martinez and Pedro Martinez Aquino, born on this date in 1968
- Carlos Martinez's Change is Working
In seven innings this season, including six in his start on Sunday, Carlos Martinez has faced 10 right-handed hitters. None of them has reached base and four hitters have struck out. Martinez's early
- Lover, Not Fighter: Dennis Martinez
One night in 1977, Dennis Martinez was confronted by a decision: fight or go make love somewhere ...
When faced with an onrushing and plainly nettled George Scott, a gentleman scampers
- The Sustainable J.D. Martinez
Coming into 2015, baseball fans everywhere had the same question on their collective minds: “Is J.D. Martinez sustainable?” The question was more than fair, as there were plenty of indicators
- Dennis Martinez and French Perfection
Much like you, I slogged through this day encumbered by the grim assumption that, once again, I would not see the final outs of Dennis Martinez's 1991 perfect game broadcast in French. Thankfully
- Is Victor Martinez a Fit in Detroit?
Last week, on Boston radio station WEEI, Peter Gammons stopped by and made quite the bold statement:
I don’t expect Victor Martinez to come back, I think Detroit is going to give him four or five
- What To Make Of J.D. Martinez
With 3 home runs and a .371 average, J.D. Martinez is one of the big pickups in roto over the past week. The question around Martinez is sustainability. Obviously he won't hit .371 all season
- Victor Martinez To Detroit
as the reliever he wanted to acquire, and made them offers they couldn't refuse. Now he has reportedly lured Victor Martinez to Detroit with a four year, $50 million deal. Was Dombrowski's decision to outbid
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
Edgar Martinez presents one of the most interesting debates about the hall of fame to date. Certainly, he was a hall of fame caliber hitter, regardless of the metrics you use. For his career, he
- Contract Crowdsourcing: Victor Martinez
Yesterday, the news came out that Victor Martinez had rejected a two year contract extension that the Red Sox had offered, and is now set to test free agency. In the words of his agent, Alan Nero
- Victor Martinez is One of a Kind
Victor Martinez has been the best hitter in baseball this season.
Granted, that's just an opinion that I've presented as fact, but he has a strong case. The strongest part of his case
- Is Pedro Martinez Finished?
Regardless of what happens from this point forward, free agent Pedro Martinez will be known as one of the very best pitchers in the history of the game. A string-bean righty who was seen as too
- Free Carlos Martinez!
Heading into the 2012 season, Carlos Martinez was the 22nd-best prospect in the game, according to ESPN, and the 27th-best according to Baseball America. He was ranked in everyone else's top 100
- Projections & Victor Martinez
Over the last four or five years, Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, and Victor Martinez have been the gold standard for fantasy catchers. Jorge Posada was a fine fourth wheel for a while, and now Buster Posey
- Martinez heads to Detroit
The first big name free agent came off the board earlier this week, when the Tigers finalized a four-year, $50MM contract with catcher/first baseman/designated hitter Victor Martinez. GM Dave
- Adding Carlos Martinez
As a rather big fan of Carlos Martinez, it was disappointing to see him relegated to bullpen duty to start the season. Fortunately, that created a bit of leeway to get him on the cheap once he became
- Edgar Martinez and the Hall of Fame
worthy candidates the game's ultimate honor.
Edgar Martinez is one of these players, and arguably might be the one single player (perhaps along with Mike Mussina) whose candidacy has been damaged
- Aoki and Martinez: Waiver Wire
be poised for a solid second half than owners will want to get in on.
J.D. Martinez (ESPN: 23 percent owned; Yahoo!: 17 percent owned)
Martinez showed up on a number of rosters after an April in which
- Pedro Martinez's Possible Suitors
Rumors surfaced today that Pedro Martinez was nearing an agreement with the Houston Astros. While the rumors seem at press time to be holding no water, it does appear likely that Pedro Martinez
- Hamels vs Martinez
rotation, and reports are surfacing that he may go with Pedro Martinez in the second game in lieu of Cole Hamels. The rationale appears to be based on recent performance - Hamels has struggled
- Victor Martinez: Stock ?
In our ridiculously early draft, I picked Victor Martinez in the 10th round. I like the idea of picking up Martinez on the cheap, but I wasn't exactly sure what his value would be after missing all
- Victor Martinez, First Baseman?
If your league counts all players that have started once at a position as eligible there, well then Victor Martinez can catch for you next year. And you're luckier for it. But anyone else that played
- Javier Baez and the Cubs Extreme Second Basemen
Winter ball in Puerto Rico wrapped up at the end of January, with Javier Baez attempting to improve his plate discipline problems after a short stint in the majors at the end of 2014. That stint
- What's Changed for J.D. Martinez?
Before the 2012 season, some folks drafted J.D. Martinez as a deep sleeper, coming off a decent debut with the Astros in 2011 and a solid minor league profile. He went on to slug only 11 HR in 439 PA
- Let's Watch Aroldis Chapman and Javier Baez
aren't so novel, they aren't so easy to explain away.
Javier Baez still counts as a prospect, even though his big-league career is weeks underway. He's among the most exciting prospects we've seen
- The Potential New J.D. Martinez
he's going to do. Baseball's no less mysterious to those who get to play it.
But what I'm struck by are the similarities between this case and last year's case of J.D. Martinez. Martinez, this year
- A Reasonable Explanation for Javier Baez's Homer Drought
In the seventh inning of the Cubs' August 23rd game home against Baltimore, very potent infield prospect Javier Baez hit the seventh home run of his career in just his 82nd plate appearance
- Victor Martinez and the < 1 Club
, the fourth member is Victor Martinez. While not a power threat of the Albert Pujols or Ryan Howard ilk, he has hit 16-25 home runs each of the last four years with a steadily increasing OPS of .851-.879
- NotGraphs Q&A: Tino Martinez
NotGraphs reached out to Tino Martinez for some thoughts about hitting, coaching, Derek Dietrich, and bunny rabbits.
On hitting: "You've just got to make the f****** bat hit the f****** ball
- Daily Notes: Now Actually Pitching, Javier Vazquez
. SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League
Three Notes Regarding the Puerto Rican League
Javier Vazquez Debuts Again for First Time
As Peter Gammons reported last month would be the case, right
- Projecting Javier Baez and Quantifying His Improvements
Taking full advantage of the September roster expansion, the Chicago Cubs called up 22-year-old infielder Javier Baez to help fortify the team's middle-infield situation. This isn't Baez's first
- Daily Graphing - Jason LaRue & Javier Valentin
Back in December, the Reds signed Jason LaRue to a 2 year, 9.1 million dollar contract and then in January signed Javier Valentin to a one year 1.15 million dollar contract assuring
- Is Fernando Martinez Worth a Waiver Claim?
Fernando Martinez's time as a New York Met might be coming to an end. To make room for Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston on its 40-man roster, the Mets placed Martinez on waivers. While it seems
- Javier Vazquez's Fastball Is Probably Not Coming Back
As RJ noted yesterday, the Marlins gave Javier Vazquez $7 million for the 2011 season, hoping for another rebound season after a switch back to the National League. Vazquez's career peripherals
- Weighing Javier Baez's Terrible MLB Debut
To say Javier Baez had a rocky start to his big league career would be an understatement. After tearing up the minor leagues to the tune of .274/.331/.541, the 21-year-old rookie hit a putrid .169
- Javier Baez: Late-Season Fantasy Savior?
Despite Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer's best attempts to convince fans otherwise, it seems that Javier Baez will likely be in the majors sooner rather than later. While Hoyer brushes off several
- Carlos Martinez Found His Pitch
Carlos Martinez is a starting pitcher now. He's not some guy who throws 75 pitches and four innings a game. This year he's often exceeded triple digits, and he's one of the big reasons why the St
- Will Victor Martinez Bring Fantasy Spoils?
Victor Martinez was the top catcher on most draft boards prior to the 2008 season. He had an ADP of 29 following his 2007 season where he hit .301-25-114-78-0. Of course Martinez ended up a big
- A Sad Farewell to Victor Martinez's Streak
that called strikeouts happen, and that's even inevitable for Victor Martinez, But for the longest stretch, he was clean. For 641 consecutive plate appearances, he was clean.
Understand what we're talking
- Is Carlos Martinez the Next Carlos Carrasco?
Carlos Martinez. A starter throughout his minor league career, Martinez has started just eight games for the Cardinals, versus 70 relief appearances. It seemingly wasn't due to the Cardinals organization
- Victor Martinez's Unlikely and Unique Comeback
Victor Martinez is in his age-35 season. He spent nearly a decade in the majors playing catcher, the most physically demanding position for a hitter to play. He missed the entire 2012 season after
- How Great Was Edgar Martinez's Bat?
While we've spent the last few days talking about the Hall of Fame, and this post is somewhat inspired by discussions about Edgar Martinez's worthiness for enshrinement in Cooperstown, this isn't
- Pedro Martinez Country Music Album
Because the waking life holds nothing for me, I took an afternoon nap recently. Within the gauzy bounds of that nap, I learned that Pedro Martinez, baseball merchant of the sublime, had recorded
- Joe Kelly vs. Carlos Martinez
is essentially between Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez. There really is no clear favorite, as Kelly is the incumbent, but Martinez carries much greater upside. The pitcher that fails to capture the 5th slot
- Nick Martinez is Different, Maybe Better
lines, especially when dealing with metrics that are designed to be useful over larger samples. Enter Nick Martinez.
Martinez was the 564th pick in the 2011 draft and likely only has a safe spot
- Contract Crowdsourcing Results: Victor Martinez
Well, we have our first Contract Crowdsourcing result that really surprises me. The votes are in, and you guys think that Victor Martinez is in line for a a pretty sweet deal.
- J.D. Martinez Finds His Stroke
talking about J.D. Martinez. He had changed his swing over the offseason and could tap into his latent power with a clean, easy stroke. The Astros were going to be pleasantly surprised.
It turned out
- Nick Martinez: Ranger Under the Radar
for Andrew Miller at last year's trade deadline, the promising 22-year-old left-hander will be making his big-league debut.
Nick Martinez will be on the mound for Texas. The fact that he'll be playing
- Miguel Montero and the Victor Martinez Contract
, $50 million contract Victor Martinez received from the Tigers in free agency prior to the 2010 season. The Diamondbacks do have Montero under contract for 2012 (the last of his team-controlled
- Fantasy Storylines To Watch: Carlos Martinez
history, the news was not shocking. It's the repercussions of the injury that are interesting for fantasy owners. Right-handers Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez now find themselves locked in a battle
- Victor Martinez Needs Surgery On Bat
Before the season started, the catcher consensus rankings put Victor Martinez sixth overall and one ranker had him as high as fourth. Now that we're two months in, Victor Martinez ranks dead last
- Lance Berkman, Edgar Martinez, and Cooperstown
the last couple of years rejecting a candidate with a similar resume.
In terms of rate stats, Berkman and Edgar Martinez are pretty darn similar. Martinez also had a delayed start to his career, so
- J.D. Martinez on His Many Adjustments
J.D. Martinez is a thoughtful baseball player who has made major changes to his swing mechanics. As much as writing is what gets me out of bed on Monday mornings, it seems a shame to sully this one
- Become Intimate with Pedro Martinez's Changeup
to their YouTube channel -- including (and, for the purposes of this post, limited to) one particularly hot and sexy and hot video featuring right-hander Pedro Martinez in the bloom of goddamn youth.
- My Fantasy co-MVPs: Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez
, or Nelson Cruz. Or Dee Gordon, Charlie Blackmon, or Corey Dickerson.
I couldn’t decide between my two choices, so they share my award.
Among players drafted pretty much universally, Victor Martinez
- Martinez, Crawford and Trumbo: Injury Update
Martinez torn his ACL on Tuesday and will likely be done for the season. The true nature of his injury, and therefore his return time, will not be known until he has surgery
- Pedro Martinez on the Art and Science of Pitching
Pedro Martinez was a genius with a baseball in his right hand. One of the most dominant pitchers of all time, he didn't just overpower hitters. He outsmarted them. When he was on top of his game
- The Daily Grind: Jimenez, Martinez, House
Daily DFS - Jimenez and Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Chavez, Norris, House, Valencia, Marisnick
1. Team Strikeouts
- The Daily Grind: Marisnick, Martinez, Gonzalez
Farnsworth on Marisnick
Daily DFS - Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Karns, Gonzalez, Uggla, Stubbs
1. Farnsworth on Marisnick
We're through about
- J.D. Martinez Changes Everything, Changes Everything
The top Tigers regulars by wRC+, with first names left out in order to generate a surprise I've already ruined:
- Giving Carlos Martinez the Pitch-Comp Treatment
. We love comps for young players, because they allow us to pretend like we can see their futures. This is kind of along those lines, at least with regard to the unproven. Carlos Martinez is unproven
- Everything (Or Nothing) Is Different About J.D. Martinez
If you'd just oblige me by briefly viewing one screenshot and four .gifs, I believe I'll be able to neatly tie together all the different things that have been going on with J.D. Martinez this season
- Miracle GIF: J.D. Martinez vs. Gravity
The footage you see here comes to us courtesy (a) the eighth inning of Sunday's Giants-Astros game and (b) Houston left fielder J.D. Martinez's Arm of Wonder.
If we presume that the above
- Visualizing 2015 Mookie Betts vs. 2015 Javier Baez
Earlier, I asked you to participate in an exercise projecting both next year's Mookie Betts and next year's Javier Baez. The idea is that Betts seems representative of a particularly safe prospect
- Edgar Martinez Following Reese's Unfortunate Path
in Cooperstown. A few took steps forward -- Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines enjoyed substantial gains. Others, like Mark McGwire, took steps back.
Edgar Martinez was a member of the final
- So How Good Has J.D. Martinez Become?
Chisenhall posted a 163 wRC+. In the second half of this season, he's posted just about the same wRC+, except without the 1 in it. Chisenhall's gotten much much worse. Early on, J.D. Martinez was another
- Grant Balfour Utilizes Socratic Method with Victor Martinez
an urgent line of inquiry to better understand Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez's impressions of the world.
Asks Balfour of Martinez: "Why the fuck you looking at me, man?" And also: "What's your
- J.D. Martinez: Right-Handed Lefty Power Hitter
If you’ve been paying attention to baseball during the past month, you probably know that J.D. Martinez has been on a pretty good run. That might be an understatement: he’s hit 15 home runs
- Javier Baez: It Won't Mean a Thing if He Don't Fix His Swing
of the ball.”
No, that scout wasn't talking about Cubs uberprospect Javier Baez, but rather about Cubs ex-uberprospect Brett Jackson , as told to David Laurila back in March, 2011. Before Baez
- Short-Term Tigers Re-Sign Victor Martinez
big win-now move, keeping Victor Martinez at a four-year guarantee worth $68 million. Per usual, there are questions about the back. Per usual, that's not the priority.
It's a fairly simple move
- Trevor Story Sorta Looks Like J.D. Martinez
from the headline, is J.D. Martinez.
Martinez's backstory is pretty well known, as he was a fringy Quad-A outfielder who bounced around a bit, and got released by the Astros at the end of Spring
- How Can the Tigers Replace Victor Martinez?
Catching is supposed to be the activity that slowly robs young men of their athleticism, but it was training that felled Victor Martinez. After keeping his legs fresh while being a primary catcher
- How Did Pedro Martinez Get Bombed?
were 17% of Kershaw's regular-season total. In July, I tried to investigate what went wrong.
Kershaw, in 2014, had one of the better pitcher seasons ever. Pedro Martinez, in 1999, had maybe the best
- Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson at Their Best, Today
Among others, baseball's Hall of Fame will prepare to welcome Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson. For them, there was zero suspense: Hall of Famers don't get more automatic, and as easy
- FG on Fox: A True Myth About Pedro Martinez
64 beers on a flight once. It has been said that peak Pedro Martinez had four pitches and each was the best of its type in baseball. Legit or legend?
The current crop of Hall of Fame inductees
- The Daily Grind: Age Bias, Martinez, Ramirez
, if not the star-level talent he’s been for 597 PA since the start of 2014.
2. Daily DFS - Martinez, Ramirez, Stacks Aplenty
Carlos Martinez (7:15 PM ET start)/Erasmo Ramirez (6:10 PM ET
- Rule 5 Dark Horse: J.D. Martinez
the change in rules for eligibility a few years ago. Outfielder J.D. Martinez was removed from the 40-man roster November 20th while putting together an impressive winter league season in Venezuela
- Putting Pedro Martinez's Minus Stats in Context
Although Pedro Martinez may not have had the longevity or durability of some of baseball's other pitching greats, there is little doubt that his peak years were some of the best, if not the best
- The Daily Grind: Martinez, Chavez, Van Slyke
Getting It Backwards
Daily DFS - Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Chavez, Lyons, Van Slyke, Davis
1. Getting It Backwards
Yesterday, I recommended
- Q&A: Dennis Martinez, El Presidente Legacy
Dennis Martinez is among the least-appreciated pitchers in recent generations. Fans in Montreal certainly remember “El Presidente,” but the Nicaraguan-born right-hander is far from a household name
- Quick Looks at Buchanan, Fiers, Martinez and deGrom
be the backbone of his, or any pitcher's, production.
Why I watched: K-BB% of -0.6 in 1H and 7.3% in 2H
Game Watched: 8/26 vs Mariners
• Works fast.
- Q&A: Dave Martinez, Tampa Bay Bench Coach
Dave Martinez is expected to become a big-league manager someday, and he’ll be well prepared when he gets the opportunity. The Tampa Bay Rays bench coach couldn’t ask for a better mentor. Following
- Quick Looks: Martinez, Eovaldi, Webster and McCutchen
Why I watched: He has been getting a little love and hate here at FanGraphs. Also, I wanted to see why the Cardinals are hesitant to make him a starter.
Game(s) Watched: 9/18/14
- Daily Notes: Carlos Martinez to Make First Major-League Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Carlos Martinez to Make First Major-League Start
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete
- Nate Schierholtz and J.D. Martinez: Outfield Help From the Waiver Wire
playing time now.
J.D. Martinez |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 14.7% Yahoo - 4.0%
When the Astros began trading off their team, a door opened up for both you and Martinez. He gets promoted from Double
- J.D. Martinez & Chris Capuano: Deep League Waiver Wire
could guess which is which.
J.D. Martinez | OF DET | CBS 3% Owned
After being released by the Astros toward the end of spring training, the Tigers signed Martinez, perhaps as an option
- Danny Hultzen, Fernando Martinez, Andrew Brackman: Prospect Chatter
leaguers, too, but more as a spot starter.
2) Fernando Martinez, Astros
Though no longer eligible to be a prospect based on the number at-bats accumulated during fits and starts over three different
- Fernando Martinez & Matt Dominguez: Deep League Waiver Wire
thing about being a weak team is that most of your players are unowned in fantasy leagues. So that gives me multiple options for this very column.
Fernando Martinez | HOU OF | 3% Owned
- Victor Martinez: The Best Fielding First Baseman in the Majors (No, Really)
Note: I have no idea if I’m the first to do this, but quite frankly I don’t care.
It's been one crazy season for Victor Martinez. In the first half, he was one of the worst players in baseball
- Hank Conger, Fernando Martinez, Adam Eaton: Mining the Minors
and leagues that require two starting catchers.
POTENTIAL FANTASY ROLE: C1 in 12-team AL-only leagues or C2 in mixed 12-team leagues
Fernando Martinez, Astros OF