Martin Maldonado, Catcher, Los Angeles Angels, #12
Date of Birth: 8/16/1986
Birthplace: Naguabo, Puerto Rico
Current Salary: $1,725,000
Martin Maldonado, catcher for the Los Angeles Angels, was first drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2004. He played in the Angels' minor league system from 2004 through 2006. The Angels released him on January 10, 2007, and 14 days later, he signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Maldonado continued playing in the minor leagues for the Brewers from 2007 through part of 2012, finishing with 401 hits and a .236 batting average in 542 games. He played in 3 games with the Brewers in 2011 and in 78 games in 2012.
In 2013, Maldonado played in 67 games with the Brewers, finishing with a .169 batting average. As a catcher, he made 135 assists, 281 putouts, and 1 error in 47 games. He also played 10 games at first base in 2013.
Maldonado played in 52 games with the Brewers in 2014. He finished the season with 26 hits, 32 strikeouts to 11 walks, and a .234 batting average. As a catcher, he made 22 assists, 250 putouts, and 6 errors in 42 games. He caught players trying to steal 31.6% of the time and he had a .978 fielding percentage.
Maldonado hit his first major league walk-off home run in the 17th inning of a game on May 31, 2015. In addition to winning the game for the Brewers, he played defensively behind the plate for the entire game. He finished the 2015 season with 48 hits and a .210 batting average in 79 games. As a catcher, he made 34 assists, 561 putouts, and 9 errors in 74 games. He caught players trying to steal 38.3% of the time and he had a .985 fielding percentage.
In 2016, Maldonado batted .202 in 76 games with the Brewers. Defensively, as the Brewers' catcher in 69 games, he made 39 assists, 486 putouts, and 7 errors. He had a .987 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 40% of the time.
Maldonado was traded to the Angels on December 13, 2016.
Career batting statistics for Maldonado through 2016 include:
- 355 games played
- 209 hits
- 111 RBIs
- 263 strikeouts to 99 walks
- .217 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Maldonado as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 304 games played
- 177 assists
- 2,105 putouts
- 29 errors
- .353 caught stealing percentage
- .987 fielding percentage