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Martin Maldonado | Catcher | #12

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/16/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 27 (0) / LAA
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Before being removed for a pinch-hitter, Martin Maldonado hit a pair of homers against the A's on Monday.
How often does someone get pinch-hit for after hitting multiple homers? It didn't work out for the Angels tonight, as Ben Revere flied out in his place in the ninth, but the Angels did go on to win anyway. Maldonado, who got off to a surprisingly strong start offensively, has really struggled over the last couple of months. Before tonight's outburst, he was at .182/.241/.301 in 153 at-bats since July 1. Sep 4 - 9:17 PM

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Martin Maldonado went deep for the 12th time this season as the Angels crushed the Athletics on Tuesday night.

His solo shot off of Chris Smith increased the Angels' lead to 6-2 in the fourth inning. Maldonado finished the night 1-for-4 and is hitting .231/.295/.379 with the aforementioned 12 homers and 34 RBI on the year.
Aug 30 - 1:40 AM

Martin Maldonado went 3-for-3 and scored two of the Angels' three runs Monday in the win over the A's.

It's Maldonado's first three-hit game since June 21. Maldonado had a .764 OPS on that date, but in the two months since, he's hit just .188 with 15 runs scored, 12 RBI and a 43/5 K/BB ratio in 175 plate appearances. Still, the Angels haven't wavered in their support of him, since they still really like his defense.
Aug 29 - 1:13 AM

Martin Maldonado went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Maldonado came through with a two-run single in the fifth inning to give the Angels a 4-1 lead. The backstop had been rutted in an 0-for-18 slump before he snapped out of it to go 5-for-11 in the final three games of this four-game set against the Mariners. He is hitting .234/.300/.389 on the season.
Aug 13 - 7:40 PM

Martin Maldonado finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's game against Washington.

Maldonado is up to 10 homers, joining 12 other backstops with double-digit home run totals. He doesn't produce many RBI and he hits for a mediocre average, so his fantasy value is rather middling despite the long balls.
Jul 19 - 5:46 AM

Martin Maldonado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

Maldonado uncoiled for a solo home run off Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to give the Angels a 4-0 lead and offer a little bit of insurance against a Dodgers lineup that had been swinging molten hot bats entering action on Monday. The home run was Maldonado's eighth of the season and bumped his RBI total to 24. He is hitting .261/.328/.431 in 211 at-bats.
Jun 27 - 1:15 AM

Martin Maldonado belted a pair of home runs and finished the night 3-for-4 with four RBI but it wasn't enough to prevent the Yankees from winning the ballgame on Wednesday.

He went deep off starter Jordan Montgomery with Andrelton Simmons aboard in the fourth inning, then took reliever Tyler Clippard out of the yard with Simmons again on base in the ninth. The former Brewers backstop is getting the bulk of the action behind the plate in his first season as an Angel. He has a .267 batting average with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 220 plate appearances.
Jun 21 - 10:50 PM

Martin Maldonado went 2-for-4 and hit his fifth homer Friday versus the Astros.

Maldonado might not be going Alex Avila on the league, but his .270 average, five homers and .744 OPS still combine to make him one of the AL's biggest surprises to date. Always a defense-first catcher, he entered the year with a .217 average and a .640 OPS in six seasons and 965 at-bats with Milwaukee.
Jun 10 - 1:30 AM

Martin Maldonado finished 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's game against the Twins.

Maldonado started out a bit slow, managing just three RBI in the month of April. However, he has warmed up with the weather, posting three doubles, four homers and 11 RBI in May, and he has hit safely in each of his three outings in June. He remains a solid No. 2 backstop in AL-only play.
Jun 4 - 2:29 AM

Martin Maldonado hit his fourth home run of the season Sunday in the Angels' loss to the Marlins.

It was a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Marlins starter Jose Urena, but that provided the entirety of the offense for Anaheim in the loss at Miami. Maldonado is slashing .265/.329/.397 in 44 games this season as the Angels' primary catcher.
May 28 - 4:57 PM

Martin Maldonado went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Marlins.

Maldonado took Dan Straily deep in the sixth inning. He later hurt his thumb tagging Giancarlo Stanton at home plate in the eighth inning, though he remained in the game. The 30-year-old has handled the bulk of the catching duties with the Angels this season while batting .271/.333/.388 with three home runs and 12 RBI through 42 games.
May 27 - 12:06 AM

Martin Maldonado finished 1-for-3 with a double in Saturday's game against the Astros.

Maldonado is 8-for-26 (.308) over the past eight outings to raise his average from .250 to .270 just since April 25. Despite the uptick at the dish lately fantasy owners should only consider him as a No. 2 backstop in AL-only play.
May 7 - 5:20 AM

Martin Maldonado hit his first home run Friday against the Astros.

The Angels shouldn't have been counting on much in the way of offense from Maldonado after making him their starting catcher, but he's done surprisingly well so far, hitting .268 in 71 at-bats. He's still nothing more than a second catcher in AL-only leagues.
May 6 - 2:48 AM

Martin Maldonado struck out in all three of his at-bats Saturday against the Rangers.

Maldonado's average dipped to .237 and he has now struck out 20 times over 59 at-bats. The Halos might be having some buyer's remorse after dealing Jett Bandy to Milwaukee back in December for Maldonado and minor-league pitcher Drew Gagnon. Bandy has been tearing the ball off the cover in Cream City while Maldonado...not so much.
Apr 30 - 12:41 AM

Martin Maldonado struck out all three times he was up before being removed for a pinch-hitter Monday against the A's.

The Angels seemed awfully fond of Carlos Perez a year ago, but he was a big enough disappointment last year than the team traded for a 30-year-old career backup to start this season. Perez could end up winning back the job if the Angels decide Maldonado is overexposed as a regular. That's the way we think it will work out, not that it's going to matter much for fantasy purposes either way.
Apr 4 - 1:09 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
3Carlos Perez
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
3Jefry Marte
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Kaleb Cowart
3Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Justin Upton
2Ben Revere
3Shane Robinson
CF1Mike Trout
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2J.C. Ramirez
3Parker Bridwell
4Tyler Skaggs
5Andrew Heaney
6Alex Meyer
7Garrett Richards
8Matt Shoemaker
9Troy Scribner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Bud Norris
4Keynan Middleton
5Yusmeiro Petit
6Jesse Chavez
7Huston Street
8Jose Alvarez
9Andrew Bailey
10Blake Wood
11Fernando Salas
12Jason Gurka
13Noe Ramirez
14Eduardo Paredes