J.D. Martinez, Left Field


Date of Birth: 8/21/1987
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
College: Nova Southeastern University

J.D. Martinez, left fielder, was first drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2006 but he opted instead for college. Three years later, he was drafted by the Houston Astros. He played in the Astros' minor league system from 2009 through part of 2011.

Martinez joined the Astros for 53 games in 2011. He finished the season with 57 hits, 13 doubles, 35 RBIs, and a .274 batting average. The next season, he batted .241 in 113 games. He had 95 hits, 14 doubles, 11 home runs, and 55 RBIs in 2012.

In 2013, Martinez batted .250 with 74 hits and 17 doubles in 86 games. He signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers in March, 2014. He had a strong 2014 season, finishing with 139 hits, 30 doubles, 23 home runs, 76 RBIs, and a .315 batting average.

Martinez and the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract on January 16, 2015. On June 21, 2015, he hit three home runs and had six RBIs in one game. He won his first Silver Slugger award in 2015 for batting .282 with 168 hits, 33 doubles, 38 home runs, and 102 RBIs in 158 games. As a right fielder, he made 265 putouts and 2 errors in 148 games.

In 2016, Martinez batted a career high .307 with 141 hits, a career high 35 doubles, 22 home runs, and 68 RBIs in 120 games. Defensively, as the Tigers' right fielder in 118 games, he made 201 putouts and 6 errors.

The Tigers traded Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 18, 2017. He had another good year in 2017, batting .303 in 57 games with the Tigers and 62 games with the Diamondbacks. He finished the season with 131 hits, 26 doubles, career highs in home runs (45) and RBIs (104), and 128 strikeouts to 53 walks. Defensively, as a right fielder in 113 games, he made 197 putouts and 4 errors. In the postseason, he had 4 hits, including a home run, and 1 RBI in 15 at-bats in 4 games.

Martinez elected free agency on November 2, 2017.

Career batting statistics for Martinez through 2017 include:

  • 772 games played
  • 804 hits
  • 168 doubles
  • 152 home runs
  • 476 RBIs
  • 786 strikeouts to 248 walks
  • .285 batting average

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - J.D. Martinez
ESPN - J.D. Martinez