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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 219
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

J.D. Martinez was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's win over the Indians.

Martinez has now homered in four out of his last five games. The 26-year-old has hit safely in 10 straight games, which has helped pull his batting line up to an impressive .317/.348/.615 on the year. Those in deeper mixed leagues could do worse than take a flier on the former Astro.
Jun 20 - 10:49 PM

J.D. Martinez slugged a solo home run in the Tigers' victory over the Royals on Thursday.

Martinez has now homered in three of the Tigers' last four games, and he boasts an impressive .300/.330/.570 batting line in 33 total games this season. The 26-year-old outfielder is worth a look in mixed fantasy leagues while he's hot. Martinez is known for streaky hitting.
Jun 19 - 3:41 PM

J.D. Martinez homered again Wednesday and is 6-for-13 with two homers and a double in the series against the Royals.

It's certainly not Martinez's fault the Tigers have lost all three games so far. He's hit in eight straight dating back to June 9. Martinez and Rajai Davis have both been able to start the last two days with Torii Hunter hurting, but once Hunter returns, expect Davis to sit against most righties to leave room for Martinez in left.
Jun 18 - 4:13 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a loss to the Royals on Tuesday.

The Tigers got routed in the game, but Martinez did his part with three hits. The outfielder has a modest seven-game hitting streak in which he's 11-for-27 (.407) with four doubles and six RBI. He's been a really pleasant surprise since being recalled in late April, hitting .290/.327/.516 in 31 games.
Jun 17 - 11:03 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam off Royals reliever Donnie Joseph in Monday's loss.

The slam came with the Tigers down 11-4, so it didn't mean a whole lot, except to Martinez's stats. He has four homers and 20 RBI to go along with a solid .270 average in 89 at-bats, so he should continue starting over Rajai Davis against righties.
Jun 16 - 11:37 PM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.

The Jays had taken a 5-0 lead in the top of the ninth, and Martinez attempted to bring them back with his three-run blast off of Steve Delabar in the bottom half of the inning, but that would be all of the scoring the Tigers would do. Martinez, who raked with Triple-A Toledo before his call-up on April 21, now has three home runs, 14 RBI, and a .262/.324/.492 slash line in 68 plate appearances.
Jun 3 - 10:06 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying homer as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning Monday against the Indians.

It was Martinez's first homer in 40 at-bats since his callup on April 21. Before that, he had 10 in Triple-A. The Tigers have only sporadic at-bats available for him unless someone gets hurt, so his AL-only value is pretty limited.
May 19 - 11:39 PM

J.D. Martinez had a nice night at the dish in Friday's win over the Royals, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.

He appears to be gaining traction towards becoming a semi-regular option in the Tigers outfield, hitting .278/.350/.444 with four RBI in his first 18 at-bats. He's worth a look in AL-only formats.
May 2 - 11:27 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
3J.D. Martinez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joel Hanrahan
3Joba Chamberlain
4Ian Krol
5Al Alburquerque
6Phil Coke
7Blaine Hardy
8Chad Smith
9Patrick McCoy
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon