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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer off Pittsburgh's Mark Melancon as part of the Tigers' comeback bid in Monday's loss.
Martinez's homer was just the second by a right-hander and fourth overall surrendered by Melancon in 145 innings since the beginning of 2013. He already has four homers and nine RBI this season, and he looks like a top-20 fantasy outfielder right now. Apr 13 - 4:33 PM

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J.D. Martinez went 2-for-5 and belted his second home run of the season as the Tigers completed their three-game sweep of the Twins with a 7-1 win on Thursday.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single as part of a two-run first inning. He then added another opposite-field home run, this one a two-run blast, that chased Kyle Gibson in the fourth. He's now 4-for-14 (.286) with a pair of homers and four RBI in the early going. There's no evidence yet to expect that his 2014 campaign was a fluke.
Apr 9 - 7:46 PM

J.D. Martinez slugged a solo shot in the Twins' Opening Day victory over the Twins on Monday.

Martinez took Phil Hughes deep to right-center field in the bottom of the second inning to open the game's scoring. Alex Avila then slugged a two-run shot a couple batters later. Some are expecting regression from Martinez after his breakout 2014, but he's got a nice early lead on the doubters.
Apr 6 - 4:03 PM

J.D. Martinez hit his fifth homer Sunday off Nationals prospect A.J. Cole.

Judging from Brad Ausmus' spring lineups, it looks like Martinez will hit ahead of Yoenis Cespedes to begin the season, which is good news for Martinez and bad news for Cespedes. Martinez, of course, was terrific in the fifth spot last season, and there wasn't any reason to move him down. Cespedes, though, is terribly overqualified to bat sixth. It's a good problem for the Tigers to have, but the easy solution -- batting either Cespedes or Miguel Cabrera second -- has eluded Ausmus.
Mar 22 - 5:36 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and doubled in a losing cause versus the Marlins on Sunday.

Martinez absolutely tearing it up this spring should give the Tigers even more incentive to hit Yoenis Cespedes in the two hole this season. After all, do they really want either Martinez or Cespedes hitting as low as sixth in the lineup? Martinez, who is coming off an outstanding .315/.358/.553 campaign, is 10-for-26 with three homers through nine games.
Mar 15 - 4:10 PM

J.D. Martinez homered and doubled against the Phillies on Thursday.

Martinez, who will spend the early part of this year trying to prove that his 2014 was no fluke, is 8-for-17 with a couple of homers already this spring.
Mar 12 - 4:55 PM

J.D. Martinez collected three singles in three at-bats Thursday versus the Braves.

Even though Martinez hit an exceptional .315/.358/.553 last year, he's probably looking at being dropped a spot from fifth to sixth in the Detroit lineup, a result of the Yoenis Cespedes acquisition. He can't possibly be quite so good again anyway, though he should retain value in mixed leagues.
Mar 5 - 4:42 PM

Tigers and OF J.D. Martinez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financials of the deal aren't yet known. Martinez had a big breakout season for Detroit in 2014, batting .315/.358/.553 with 23 homers and 76 RBI. He's slated to be the Tigers' everyday right fielder in 2015.
Jan 16 - 5:07 PM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as the Tigers dropped a decisive Game 3 of the American League Division Series to the Orioles on Saturday.

The Tigers offense had been kept at bay for the majority of the evening, but mounted a rally against Orioles closer Zach Britton in the ninth as Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez each doubled to begin the frame. One of the breakout stars of the 2014 season, Martinez should be penciled in as the fifth hitter in the Tigers lineup next season, which should continue to provide ample RBI chances.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:02:00 PM

J.D. Martinez launched a three-run homer, his second longball in as many days, in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

The Orioles got on board first with Nick Markakis' two-run shot in the first inning, but The Tigers broke out with five runs in the fifth, highlighted by back-to-back blasts from Martinez and Nick Castellanos. One of this year's breakout stars, Martinez has now gone deep in each of his first two career postseason contests.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 03:54:00 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run, go-ahead home run in the ninth inning against the Twins Tuesday.

With two runners on and two outs, Martinez launched the three-run shot off Twins closer Glen Perkins to give the Tigers their first lead of the game. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk. He's now got 23 home runs to go with a .313/.358/.570 line in what has been a coming out party for the 27-year-old.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:15:00 PM

J.D. Martinez slugged his 22nd home run of the season in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Indians.

Martinez opened the game's scoring with a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth and then tallied his second RBI of the day on a single in the bottom of the sixth. Martinez continues to enjoy a breakout 2014, now with a .305/.350/.557 batting line and 71 RBI in 110 games. Detroit remains atop the American League Central.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 05:17:00 PM

J.D. Martinez clobbered his 21st home run of the season and drove home four runs on Friday to lead the Tigers to a 7-2 win over the Indians.

Martinez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run blast off Carlos Carrasco in the fourth inning, then added on with a two-run triple in the seventh to put the game away. The clubhouse favorite to take home American League Comeback Player of the Year honors, it's hard to envision where the Tigers would be without his .305/.347/.553 line, 21 bombs and 69 RBI this season.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 11:26:00 PM

J.D. Martinez knocked in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a solo home run as the Tigers held off the Royals on Tuesday.

With the win, the Tigers move into a first-place tie with the Royals in the AL Central. Martinez put the Tigers on the board with the sac fly in the first inning, then added the solo blast in the fifth inning off of Jason Vargas. The 27-year-old has been a godsend for the Tigers, as he now has 20 home runs, 65 RBI, and a .305/.348/.545 slash line in 414 plate appearances.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 11:14:00 PM

J.D. Martinez slugged a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning as the Tigers came back to beat the Indians on Tuesday.

The Tigers entered the inning trailing 2-1, but immediately put two runners on base against Cody Allen. After Victor Martinez flied out, J.D. Martinez pushed a fly ball 418 feet out to center field to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead, which was then protected by closer Joe Nathan. Martinez finished 3-for-5 on the night. He now sits on an impressive .311/.352/.559 slash line with 19 home runs and 63 RBI.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Angel Nesbitt
8Blaine Hardy