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12 Martin Maldonado C
Height/Weight: 6-0/225 | Birthdate: 8/16/1986 | Birthplace: Naguabo, Puerto Rico | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Milwaukee | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $494,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Brewers' Adam Lind gets rest, Jonathan Lucroy covers first


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2015) Brewers first baseman Adam Lind isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game, snapping a string of 12 straight starts. 

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy moves to first to give Lind a rest. Lucroy is starting his second game of the season at first base. His other appearance there was on April 18. 

Replacing Lucroy behind the plate is Martin Maldonado, who starts for the first time since July 6.


Brewers C Martin Maldonado caps strong game with walk-off homer


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/31/2015) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado hit a walk-off home run in the 17th inning to lift his team past the Diamondbacks 7-6 on Sunday.

''I was really tired, so I was happy to end the game like that,'' he said.

Maldonado went 4 for 6 with two doubles, two walks, two RBI and a home run.

Maldonado's performance came during an awful slump at the plate. In his last five games prior to Sunday, Maldonado hit .071/.133/.205 with just one hit in 14 at-bats.


Brewers sit Maldonado in favor of Centeno for Thursday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) The Brewers held catcher Juan Centeno out of Thursday's game at Atlanta and will start Martin Maldonado instead, the team announced.

"He's caught a lot more than he's used to but I don't think he's wearing down," manager Craig Counsell said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's had some bad luck, almost on a nightly basis but he hasn't swung the bat the way he's capable of."

Maldonado was also held out of Sunday's game in order to rest. He is hitting .149 in 94 at-bats this season, while Centeno is batting .077 in 13 at-bats. Centeno will bat seventh and face Julio Teheran, who he has never faced.

The Brewers are the underdogs (+120) at Atlanta on Thursday


Martin Maldonado HRs, delivers walk-off RBI hit in Brewers' victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Catcher Martin Maldonado went 3 for 5 on Sunday with a home run and then a walk-off RBI single in the Brewers' 3-2, 11-inning win over the Cubs.

The homer was Maldonado's second of the year and first since April 21.


Brewers C Martin Maldonado sits for just second time in 16 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado received a day off Thursday against the Dodgers for the first time in 10 games. Juan Centeno started in his absence.

Maldonado, who has started in the absence of Jonathan Lucroy, hasn't started just twice in 16 games. He is batting .196 (9 for 46) with one home run, four RBI, three walks, six runs and 13 strikeouts in 15 games since becoming the full-time starter.


Brewers' Aramis Ramirez, Martin Maldonado return to the lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez and catcher Martin Maldonado will return to the lineup Monday against the Reds, the team announced.

Ramirez will replace Hector Gomez at third, who gave Ramirez the day off Sunday. He is hitting just .197 with six RBI in 61 at-bats this season. Maldonado started five consecutive games before getting the day off Sunday. Maldonado is hitting just .167 in 24 at-bats.

The Brewers are currently the underdogs (+105) against Cincinnati.


Reds speedster Hamilton caught Thursday for first time in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Reds speedster Billy Hamilton had been successful on all nine of his stolen bases this season until Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado threw him out in the sixth inning Thursday.

It marked the first time all year that a Cincinnati steal attempt was thwarted. The team was 17-for-17 before Hamilton was nailed.


Brewers' Martin Maldonado gets first start after Lucroy goes on DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado was in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Reds. It was his third start and first since the Brewers placed Jonathan Lucroy on the disabled list due to a broken big toe on his left foot.

Maldonado will likely see the bulk of playing time at catcher with Lucroy sidelined. He entered play Tuesday hitless in nine at-bats.


Brewers' Ryan Braun bats leadoff for first time in career


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun was slotted in the leadoff position in the team's starting lineup on Saturday, the first time in his career he's batted leadoff. 

The Brewers' lineup had other major changes on Saturday. Martin Maldonado will bat seventh and catch, in just his fourth game of 2015. Regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy replaces Adam Lind at first base. 

"Trying to do something different, getting [Braun] sparked," Roenicke said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's had better at-bats, but just to get his mind off some things and maybe on something else. Then also, I think he is swinging the bat better. He's just not getting hits. Put him in a little different atmosphere. Hopefully he can get on base for us and have the other guys drive him in."

Hector Gomez gets the start at second base, batting sixth. He replaces Scooter Gennett

Logan Schaefer is in center field, batting eighth. It will be his first start of the season.


Brewers' Lucroy, Gennett not in starting lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and second baseman Scooter Gennett are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.

Lucroy is getting a break from starting Sunday after opening the season just 1 for 20, and Martin Maldonado will take his spot behind the plate. Manager Ron Roenicke said he isn't worried about Lucroy's slow start, the Journal Sentinel reports.

"Luc has had some good at-bats," Roenicke said Sunday. "He stayed on a breaking ball and hit a bullet to second yesterday. The day before he lined out to short. So he’s had some good at-bats. The first couple days he was lost, then he started swinging the bat again. I like what he’s doing."

With Lucroy out of the lineup, Jean Segura will move to the No. 2 slot, and the manager indicated that Segura's early-season performance made his choice for the spot easy.

"The way he’s been swinging it, yeah," Roenicke said. "Other than that, I don’t what I would have done. Sometimes you slip in a Khris Davis or somebody else. But Seggy, the way he’s swinging, he’s perfect."

Gennett is out of the lineup for the second straight game after getting ejected Friday for slamming his bat to the ground on a called strike three when the team had no backup infielders on the bench. Hector Gomez will get a second straight start at second base after going 2 for 3 Saturday.

The Brewers are favorites (-120) against the Pirates Sunday.


Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) to miss 4-6 weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) The Brewers announced Wednesday that All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a mild strain of his right hamstring.

Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Lucroy's agent called with the news of the injury, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The injury is at the top of the leg, where it attaches to the hip. Ash added Lucroy mentioned some soreness in that area at end of 2014 season, but the team had no concerns about the injury at the time. Lucroy told MLB.com the injury flared up when he ramped up his running two weeks ago. Lucroy received a PRP injection Tuesday to help with the healing.

Lucroy was examined Monday by Brewers head physician William Raasch, who initially diagnosed the injury. It was then confirmed Tuesday during a second opinion with Marlins medical director Dr. Lee Kaplan, per MLB.com.

Ash said Lucroy can do some hitting, fielding and throwing while he recovers from the injury. He just can't run or perform any activities that might put serious strain on his hamstring.

Ash said the Brewers are "very hopeful" Lucroy will be ready by opening day. Martin Maldonado is Lucroy's backup and catcher Juan Centeno is also on the 40-man roster. Brewers pitchers and catchers are expected to report for spring training Feb. 20. 

This is an unfortunate setback for Lucroy, who is coming off his first All-Star season. He also finished fourth in the NL MVP voting and totaled a league-leading 53 doubles in 2014.

Lucroy has been a very good offensive catcher since 2013. Over the last two seasons, he is batting .291 with a .357 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage and .817 OPS.


Brewers catcher Maldonado lands two-year deal to avoid arbitration


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Brewers announced Thursday they avoided arbitration with catcher Martin Maldonado, agreeing to a two-year contract.

The 28-year-old Maldonado hit .234 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 52 games last season. He is a career .225 hitter with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 200 MLB games.


Martin Maldonado slugs third home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in his team's 4-2 loss to the Cubs Wednesday.

Maldonado hit the second of back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning Wednesday but the Brewers were otherwise unable to score. He has hit .274/.358/.440 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 84 at-bats.


Martin Maldonado racks up three hits, four RBI in win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Catcher Martin Maldonado took advantage of a rare start for the Brewers on Wednesday in Tampa Bay with his first three-hit game since May 30.

Maldonado singled in two runs in the second and added RBI hits in the sixth and eighth to play the role of offensive hero. He sweetened his stat line to .270/.357/.405 in the process.


Martin Maldonado puts one over the fence Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado finally put one over the fences Monday night against the Diamondbacks.

Maldonado took starter Mike Bolsinger deep for a two-run home run in the second inning. He added a double and finished 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI in an 8-3 victory. He is hitting .350 with one home run and three RBI.

Martin Maldonado will begin serving suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado will not appeal his five-game suspension for his role in Sunday's brawl with the Pirates. He will begin serving his suspension Tuesday against the Padres and be eligible to return Monday at St. Louis.

Four players receive suspensions for role in brawl


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Major League Baseball announced suspensions and fines Tuesday for four players involved in Sunday's brawl between the Pirates and Brewers.

Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games and outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three games. Pirates outfielder Travis Snider was given a two-game suspension, while catcher Russell Martin was given a one-game suspension.

All the players were fined. Gomez is appealing his suspension, while Maldonado is undecided, per FOX Sports. No word yet on what the Pirates players will do.


Martin Maldonado given with five-game suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has received a five-game suspension for his actions during Sunday's brawl with the Pirates, per ESPN. He was also fined $2,500.

Martin Maldonado not on a set rotation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014)  Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado caught Wily Peralta in his season debut Saturday, continuing the pairing that the team rode throughout the second half of last season. Still, manager Ron Roenicke made a point of telling MLB.com he does not expect to stick with a strict battery featuring those two, preferring to rest Jonathan Lucroy without being concerned about the starting pitcher for that game.

Maldonado was hitless through his first five at-bats Saturday, as the game went into extra innings. He hit just .169/236/.284 in 67 games a year ago. 


Martin Maldonado comes to camp slimmer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado has reported to camp 26 pounds lighter, according to MLB.com. 

Maldonado said he focused on eating right during the offseason, which led to the weight loss. He added that he's in the best shape of his life. Maldonado hit .169/.236/.284 in 183 at-bats last season. Maldonado will compete to backup Jonathan Lucroy.


Martin Maldonado pops one out Friday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2013) Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado went deep Friday during a 4-3 loss at Cincinnati. Maldonado hit his third HR of the season in the eighth inning off starter Bronson Arroyo. 

The backstop finished 1 for 4 with two RBI. He added his second RBI of the game in the sixth inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Maldonado is batting .172 for the season. 

Maldonado, not an everyday player, has hits in his last two games. That said, he's still just 2 for 12 (.167) in June over six games and three starts. He does have two homers and three RBI for the month to this point. 


Brewers getting comfortable with Martin Maldonado at first?


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2013) The Brewers will start Martin Maldonado at first base for the third straight game Tuesday against Pittsburgh, the club announced.

Maldonado has now started at first in four of the past six games. Tuesday marks his seventh start at the position in 2013. Maldonado has been iffy defensively, but Alex Gonzalez's struggles at the plate (.459 OPS) have made the move a necessity for Milwaukee. Maldonado is hitting .214/.267/.405 and a robust .250/.318/.550 in his last six games.


Brewers backup catcher connects for HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2013) Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado connected for his first home run of the season Saturday against the Dodgers. Maldonado had a two-run homer off Matt Guerrier.

Maldonado, who has made five starts in 22 games, is batting .200 (7 for 35) with three doubles and six RBI in 11 games.


Martin Maldonado drives in three vs. Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2013) Brewers utility man Martin Maldonado earned the start at first base and enjoyed a big day at the plate during Monday's series opener against the Cubs.

Maldonado launched a bases-clearing double in the first inning and singled in the fifth and seventh. He finished 3 for 5 with three RBI in a 7-4 victory. The 25-year-old is hitting .286/.333/.429 with a home run and four RBI though his first 14 at-bats.

Martin Maldonado looking good at first base


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/8/2013) With the Brewers being decimated by injuries, the latest player taking a stab at first base is backup catcher Martin Maldonado, who played four games at the position last year. Maldonado made a nice scoop on a groundout throw late in Monday's game before a ninth-inning error, and may have bought himself a little more playing time with an overall solid defensive effort. 

It doesn't hurt that Maldonado also hit a serviceable .266 with eight home runs in 233 at-bats last year, pressed into service when Jonathan Lucroy went down with a broken hand. With Jean Segura out indefinitely, the Brewers have to use Alex Gonzalez and Yuniesky Betancourt at short and third, leaving first base open for the taking. 

Maldonado is a catcher who could be getting regular at-bats at first base, at least for as long as Segura is out. And if he continues to hit, he may work his way into at-bats even after Segura comes back. This is deep NL-only territory, but Maldonado represents one of those catcher-as-a-first-baseman moves that could pay off in daily leagues and the short-term.