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Victor Martinez
Birthdate: 12/23/1978 (38 y, 3 m, 1 d)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/195     Position: C/DH
Contract: $68M / 4 Years (2015 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Martinez says he is ready to go and took groundballs at first base Saturday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. (2/18/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: V-Mart only walked as often as, and only whiffed 35% less often than, the major league average. That's about the only criticism you can levy against his 2016 season. Yet it may be a legitimate concern: one of modern baseball's best pure hitters may finally be deteriorating. Of course, Martinez's strikeout "problem" is relative; his 2016 plate discipline, arguably the worst of his career, still ranks in the league's upper 10%. In other words, he has a long way to fall. He's hitting the ball as hard as ever, proving his 2014 home run spike wasn't a fluke and legitimizing his late-career power resurgence. Between his still-elite contact skills and apparently above-average power, he could certainly have worse problems as a 38-year-old. Yes, Father Time is coming for Martinez — he won't keep swatting 25 home runs, and his days of hitting .300 are likely behind him — but his high floor could see him descend into his 40s as gracefully as anyone in recent memory or, perhaps, ever, with the standard caveat of "as long as he stays healthy." Twenty home runs and a .280 batting average aren't particularly sexy, but you could do much worse in the middle-to-late rounds, especially if you're intrigued by the typical discount for DH/utility-only hitters. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: V-Mart posted arguably the worst plate discipline of his career yet still fared better than 90% of qualified hitters. Even if he's finally declining at 38, his elite contact skills and above-average power have established a comfortable floor for the designated hitter. The possibility of 20 home runs and a .280 average certainly get the job done for those willing to accept his age- and DH-related discounts.

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SeasonBatting 4thGABPAH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPSBCSAVG
2003Batting 4th1341100000000100000.333
2004Batting 4th11444550612773351186597529613601201.285
2005Batting 4th4818321353349010293626527040500.290
2006Batting 4th58226250745612063234234360101100.327
2007Batting 4th101394448123782402154934010547701300.312
2008Batting 4th421621744738900111610417110600.290
2009Batting 4th1142508520128607200200.190
2010Batting 4th829336320122401000000.207
2011Batting 4th415187610015312000000.467
2013Batting 4th312122200010000000000.167
2014Batting 4th14554061918111633032841016927414601731.335
2015Batting 4th82311342725313062747217335501400.232
2016Batting 4th138524578147102210245979477854301900.281
TotalBatting 4th75528863247848567161111936751830174364273309932.294

SeasonBatting 4thBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2003Batting 4th0.0 %0.0 %0.00.333.500.333.833.000.33310.3.407153
2004Batting 4th10.3 %12.1 %0.85.285.360.490.850.204.2937512.3.359119
2005Batting 4th12.2 %12.7 %0.96.290.371.503.874.213.287337.4.368128
2006Batting 4th9.2 %14.4 %0.64.327.388.460.848.133.368397.3.366121
2007Batting 4th8.9 %12.1 %0.74.312.379.533.912.221.3137620.1.385136
2008Batting 4th5.7 %9.8 %0.59.290.333.346.679.056.32216-4.6.29678
2009Batting 4th12.0 %14.0 %0.86.190.320.310.630.119.2065-1.4.29575
2010Batting 4th12.1 %3.0 %4.00.207.303.379.682.172.1853-0.4.30683
2011Batting 4th16.7 %11.1 %1.50.467.556.5331.089.067.53842.2.471199
2013Batting 4th0.0 %0.0 %0.00.167.167.167.333.000.1670-1.6.148-19
2014Batting 4th11.1 %6.6 %1.68.335.410.574.984.239.31511750.0.415170
2015Batting 4th6.1 %9.6 %0.64.232.287.331.618.100.23825-13.3.26563
2016Batting 4th8.1 %14.7 %0.55.281.343.458.801.177.2947910.8.341113
TotalBatting 4th9.3 %11.2 %0.83.294.362.474.836.180.29947289.2.356122

SeasonBatting 4thGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2003Batting 4th2.0033.3 %66.7 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %66.7 %33.3 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %945
2004Batting 4th0.9619.0 %39.7 %41.3 %8.7 %11.2 %1.9 %0.0 %53.1 %28.5 %18.5 %10.0 %57.4 %32.6 %18447391105
2005Batting 4th1.1518.1 %43.8 %38.1 %4.9 %16.4 %2.9 %0.0 %50.0 %27.5 %22.5 %13.1 %56.9 %30.0 %834329505
2006Batting 4th1.1922.0 %42.4 %35.6 %5.9 %8.8 %1.2 %0.0 %41.4 %26.2 %32.5 %9.4 %59.2 %31.4 %897358539
2007Batting 4th1.0218.4 %41.2 %40.3 %6.4 %15.0 %0.7 %0.0 %41.5 %31.7 %26.8 %12.4 %50.1 %37.5 %17296801049
2008Batting 4th1.6824.7 %47.3 %28.1 %12.2 %0.0 %4.3 %0.0 %50.0 %30.8 %19.2 %16.4 %58.2 %25.3 %675244431
2009Batting 4th1.7314.3 %54.3 %31.4 %18.2 %9.1 %0.0 %0.0 %57.1 %20.0 %22.9 %14.3 %60.0 %25.7 %18174107
2010Batting 4th0.593.6 %35.7 %60.7 %5.9 %5.9 %10.0 %0.0 %35.7 %46.4 %17.9 %17.9 %42.9 %39.3 %1365977
2011Batting 4th4.0023.1 %61.5 %15.4 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %30.8 %46.2 %23.1 %30.8 %46.2 %23.1 %733241
2013Batting 4th2.3316.7 %58.3 %25.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %25.0 %58.3 %16.7 %8.3 %58.3 %33.3 %531934
2014Batting 4th1.0520.8 %40.6 %38.6 %5.1 %16.4 %4.4 %0.0 %50.9 %29.1 %20.0 %10.1 %50.1 %39.8 %25139761537
2015Batting 4th1.0719.4 %41.7 %38.9 %8.2 %5.5 %0.8 %0.0 %41.0 %36.4 %22.6 %19.1 %52.3 %28.6 %1330494836
2016Batting 4th0.9723.3 %37.8 %38.9 %12.2 %14.0 %4.2 %0.0 %45.0 %33.0 %22.0 %16.5 %45.5 %38.0 %21908281362
TotalBatting 4th1.0720.4 %41.3 %38.4 %8.0 %12.1 %2.7 %0.0 %46.7 %30.9 %22.4 %13.2 %52.4 %34.4 %1246448367628