Michael Martinez, Infield, Cleveland Indians


Date of Birth: 9/16/1982
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Nickname: Mini-Mart

Michael Martinez, infielder for the Cleveland Indians, first signed with the Washington Nationals in June, 2005. He played in the Nationals' minor league system from 2006 through 2009.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired Martinez in the December, 2010 Rule 5 draft. In 2011, he played in a career high 88 games with the Phillies. He finished the season with a .196 batting average, 41 hits, 24 RBIs, and 35 strikeouts to 18 walks. He also played in 133 games in the minors. The following season, he spent time on the DL with a right foot fracture. In 45 games with the Phillies, he batted .174 with 20 hits. He spent most of the 2013 season in the minors, playing in just 29 games with the Phillies. He again batted under .200 (.175) with just 7 hits.

Martinez became a free agent in October, 2013. Two months later, on December 18th, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 2014, he had a career low batting average of .128 in 26 games with the Pirates. He spent the rest of the season in the minors.

Martinez again became a free agent on September 30, 2014. He signed with the Cleveland Indians on February 11, 2015. He spent most of the 2015 season in the minors, playing in just 16 games with the Indians.

The Indians traded Martinez to the Boston Red Sox on July 8, 2016. After just four games with the Red Sox, he was claimed off waivers by the Indians on August 4th. He finished the 2016 season with a .238 batting average and 24 hits in 4 games with the Red Sox and 59 games with the Indians.

The Indians traded Martinez to the Tampa Bay Rays on May 18, 2017. After he was designated for assignment on June 19th, the Indians signed him to a minor league contract on June 25th.

Career batting statistics for Martinez through 2016 include:

  • 267 games played
  • 105 hits
  • 15 doubles
  • 42 RBIs
  • 116 strikeouts to 32 walks

Career fielding statistics for Martinez through 2016 include:

  • 62 games played at second base, 41 games played at third base, 30 games played at shortstop, 30 games played in left field, 43 games played in center field, 18 games played in right field
  • 235 putouts
  • 15 errors

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Michael Martinez
ESPN - Michael Martinez