J.D. Martinez, Left Field, Detroit Tigers, #28


Date of Birth: 8/21/1987
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
College: Nova Southeastern University
Current Salary: 11,750,000

J.D. Martinez, left fielder for the Detroit Tigers, 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 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 .281 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.

Career batting statistics for Martinez through 2016 include:

  • 653 games played
  • 674 hits
  • 142 doubles
  • 107 home runs
  • 372 RBIs
  • 658 strikeouts to 195 walks
  • .281 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Martinez as an outfielder through 2016 include:

  • 284 games played in left field, 326 games played in right field
  • 986 putouts
  • 17 errors

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