Two years after being released by the Astros at the end of spring training, J.D. Martinez is now one of the game's premier power hitters, dispelling every last doubt about his 2014 breakthrough by sustaining comparable production over a full season last year. True, he did lose about 30 points on his batting average, but considering his BABIP regressed to a much more sustainable level, a .282 mark is actually reason for optimism. At age 28, he should have several more seasons of 30-plus homers to come, and while his strikeout rate does remain something of concern, it also helps keep him affordable. You won't find too many players capable of his kind of production beyond the first couple rounds, so if you miss out on the best of the best at the position, Martinez is a fine choice to fill your top outfield spot in Round 4 or so.
Martinez is considering by the Tigers a candidate for an extension, Chris Lott of MLive.com reports. Tigers general manager Al Avila expressed some interest in an possible contract extension for Martinez, who still has two years of arbitration remaining. While the 28-year-old outfielder stumbled a bit in terms of batting average (his .315 batting average in 2014 fell to .282 in 2015) he improved dramatically in the slugging department, crushing nearly as many home runs in 2015 (38) as he had in his entire career previously (47). It's safe to say his play these last two seasons has certainly dictated a raise, however it remains to be seen how much the Tigers are willing to spend with a rebuild seemingly on the horizon.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was in Sunday's lineup against the Indians, the team announced. Martinez was dealing with a triceps issue. Meanwhile, shortstop Jose Iglesias remains sidelined with a finger injury.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Indians. The home run was Martinez's 35th of the year, and the fifth in his last 17 games. Martinez was also hit by a pitch in the triceps area. He was able to stay in the game, but he remains questionable for Sunday's series-finale, according to MLB.com.
The Tigers are giving outfielder J.D. Martinez his first day off in over two months, as he is being held out of the starting lineup on Saturday against the Blue Jays. Martinez had started every game for the Tigers since June 24. The All-Star outfielder has been enjoying a career-year in 2015, and he has maintained his good fortunes lately. Over his last 10 games, Martinez owns a .308 average with three home runs and eight RBI.
The scare is over - Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is fine for Sunday against the host Orioles. Martinez appeared more seriously hurt when he fouled a pitch off his knee in the second inning Saturday and was removed from the game. But x-rays came back negative and he is ready to roll having hit safely in seven of his last eight full games.