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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 219
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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J.D. Martinez finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single as the Tigers won on Tuesday against the Yankees.
Martinez has now had three multi-hit games in a row and has hit safely in five consecutively. An early August swoon saw his OPS dip below .900, but Tuesday's effort has picked it back up to .912. He's sitting on 17 home runs and 58 RBI in 347 plate appearances. Aug 26 - 11:09 PM

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J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk versus the Pirates on Thursday.

Martinez has struggled since the All-Star break, combining poor offense with very shaky defense, but the Tigers have stuck with him, probably in part because the Austin Jackson trade left them without a real alternative in left field. There's very little chance that he'll go back to hitting like he did in the first half, but he can be a .260 guy with pretty good pop the rest of the way. It'd just be nice if he could play better defense in the process.
Aug 14 - 4:26 PM

J.D. Martinez went 0-for-2 with a walk on Thursday before being removed for pinch-hitting Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning.

There were none out and two on when Martinez was set to bat, yet manager Brad Ausmus chose to use Cabrera then rather than save him for Don Kelly's spot immediately afterwards. It could be a sign that his confidence in Martinez has wavered after a 1-for-16 series that lowered his average from .319 to .304. Of course, it also had something to do with Yankees closer David Robertson being more effective against lefties than righties (though Kelly is a lefty as well).
Aug 7 - 4:05 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 and hit his 14th homer Thursday versus the White Sox.

Martinez was slumping before the White Sox came to down, but he's 5-for-10 with three RBI the last three days. His spot in the Tigers' outfield seems especially locked in now with Austin Jackson gone to Seattle.
Jul 31 - 6:32 PM

J.D. Martinez has returned to the Tigers starting lineup on Friday after missing a pair of games with a quad injury.

The 26-year-old is enjoying a breakout season, where he's slashing .327/.363/.606 with 13 long balls and 44 RBI in just 208 at-bats. Fantasy owners can safely have him active for the weekend.
Jul 25 - 7:00 PM

J.D. Martinez was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a minor upper quad injury.

Martinez tweaked his quad on Tuesday and has now sat out two straight contests. He'll be available to pinch-hit Thursday and it sounds like he should rejoin the lineup over the weekend.
Jul 24 - 9:35 PM

J.D. Martinez racked up another multi-hit day on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to the Royals.

Martinez, who hasn't stopped hitting since being recalled by the Tigers, now has seven multi-hit games in July alone. The outfielder owns a .346/.380/.654 line through 55 games, and he should continue to be a strong fantasy option in the second half hitting in the middle of a potent Tigers offense.
Jul 13 - 6:29 PM

J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three runs batted in as the Tigers routed the Royals on Thursday.

Martinez has hit safely in all nine July games thus far. He drove in a run with a single in the fifth inning, another run with a double in the seventh, and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The outfielder is having a break-out season, slashing .335/.373/.648 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
Jul 10 - 11:57 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored in Tuesday's trampling of the Dodgers.

Martinez has hit safely in all seven July games thus far. He has swung the bat into regular playing time, as he has arguably been the Tigers' best hitter this season. Martinez owns a .328/.391/.599 slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in only 183 plate appearances. Over a full season's worth of playing time (650 PA), that would put him on pace for 43 home runs and 135 RBI.
Jul 8 - 11:06 PM

J.D. Martinez homered for the second consecutive game, and 12th time of the year, in Sunday’s loss to the Rays.

He victimized All-Star left-hander David Price in the ninth inning of this one. He has been out of this world at the plate since joining the Tigers, slashing .323/.360/.640 with the aforementioned 12 home runs and 38 RBI. Fantasy owners who bought in early are reaping serious rewards at the moment.
Jul 6 - 11:23 PM

J.D. Martinez continued to swing a hot bat in Friday's loss to the Rays, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Martinez also walked in the contest, reaching in three of his four plate appearances. He has been a tremendous find for the Tigers to this point, slashing .327/.365/.622 with 10 homers and 36 RBI. While he can't continue at this pace, he's capable of being a passable outfield option in mixed leagues for the remainder of the season.
Jul 4 - 11:25 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Athletics.

Martinez was scorching hot in June, blasting seven home runs with a .702 slugging percentage. He wasted no time bringing it into July, taking Brad Mills deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning, padding the Tigers' lead to 3-0. Martinez now has 10 home runs, 34 RBI, and a .317/.354/.628 slash line in 158 plate appearances.
Jul 1 - 9:31 PM

J.D. Martinez homered again Wednesday in the Tigers' 8-6 win over the Rangers.

Martinez hit an RBI double to center field in the Tigers' three-run first inning and then slugged a solo shot in the top of the fifth. He's now batting .320 with a 1.004 OPS, nine home runs, and 31 RBI in 38 games since his April 21 promotion to the majors and is a must-own right now in all standard mixed fantasy leagues. Martinez claims to have made significant changes to his swing since flaming out in Houston, and at this point it's easy to believe that often-overplayed narrative.
Jun 26 - 12:15 AM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.

Martinez also doubled in the contest, giving him nine extra-base hits over his last eight games. Five of those have been home runs, as he's got eight in 37 games this year. Torii Hunter will return to the Tigers' lineup on Wednesday, but Martinez and his .314/.346/.619 line aren't going anywhere.
Jun 25 - 12:17 AM

J.D. Martinez is crediting his success to an overhaul of his swing that began last season.

Martinez watched video of Miguel Cabrera and other great hitters before he "decided to change my swing -- completely." The 26-year-old said he "dropped my hands low, got a smoother stride and a straighter stance." Martinez doubled and launched a two-run homer Tuesday and is now batting .314/.346/.619 with eight homers and 29 RBI over 37 games for the Tigers this season. He needs to be owned in all mixed leagues at this point.
Jun 24 - 11:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Max Scherzer
4Anibal Sanchez
5Rick Porcello
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Joel Hanrahan
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon