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20 J.D. Martinez LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/221 | Birthdate: 8/21/1987 | Birthplace: Miami, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: | MLB Experience: 3 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 701.33

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J.D. Martinez signs with Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Tigers signed outfielder J.D. Martinez on Monday, a few days after he was released by the Astros, per MLB.com. Martinez hit .167 (3 for 18) with one double and one RBI in 14 spring games.

Astros dump disappointing J.D. Martinez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Outfielder J.D. Martinez, who has been a perennial disappointment since a promising start to his major league career with the Astros in 2011, has been waived by the team. The 26-year-old compounded his problems with a poor exhibition season.

Martinez still boasts too much potential to stay unemployed long. He is likely to be picked up by a team that needs young, talented outfielders and have the patience to groom him.


J.D. Martinez makes serious changes to offensive game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez said he spent the offseason overhauling his offensive game, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"I changed everything. Everything," Martinez said. "From my hands to my feet my leg kick my stride my load -- just everything."

Martinez, who is trying to earn his way back onto the 40-man roster, said the overall goal was to keep his bat in the hitting zone longer. 

"I was looking at video and noticed it through watching Jason (Castro)," Martinez said. "Watching Castro and how he changed his hands from two years ago to last year, and the adjustment that he made. It was kind of the same time Ryan Braun got popped for PEDs, and the whole Ryan Braun scandal was going on and all his highlights were showing up on TV.

"And I saw him and I was like, ‘Woah, am I the only one who doesn’t know this type of deal?’ And I kept going on the Internet and looking, and looking and looking, and I would look at mine and I would see the difference. How long they were in the zone, and how long my bat was in the zone."


Brett Wallace, J.D. Martinez still in good standing with Astros


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter said Tuesday first baseman Brett Wallace and outfielder J.D. Martinez are not in any sort of last-leg situation with the team, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"I think you can look at Brett Wallace’s situation, J.D. Martinez’s situation and from a prospect standpoint, both of those guys have had success at the major-league level," Porter said. "But it just goes to show how quick things can turn at the major-league level. …. I believe both of those guys will have bounce-back years."


Carlos Correa, Mark Appel headline Astros' spring invitees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Astros invited 20 non-roster minor-leaguers to spring training Tuesday, including infielder Carlos Correa and pitcher Mark Appel, the team announced.

The team's other invitees include pitchers Jake Buchanan, Rhiner Cruz, Jorge De Leon, Bobby Doran, Mike Foltynewicz, Jason Stoffel and Nick Tropeano; catchers Rene Garcia, Tyler Heineman and Carlos Perez; infielders Japhet Amador, Jonathan Meyer and Ronald Torreyes; and outfielders Delino DeShields, Leo Heras, J.D. Martinez, George Springer and Preston Tucker.

Correa, 19, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft. He hit .320/.405/.467 with nine home runs, 86 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 450 at-bats with Class A Quad Cities last season.

Appel, 22, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft. He went 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 33:9 K:BB ratio in 38 innings over 10 starts between low Class A Tri-City and Class A Quad Cities.


Astros claim Ryan Jackson, remove three from 40-man roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) The Astros claimed infielder Ryan Jackson off waivers from the Cardinals Wednesday while also releasing pitcher John Ely and designating outfielder J.D. Martinez for assignment. Infielder Jake Elmore was also claimed off waivers by the White Sox.

Jackson went 0 for 7 in seven appearances with the Cardinals last season while also hitting .278/.352/.346 with three home runs, 34 RBI and nine stolen bases in 442 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. Ely pitched just four Triple-A innings before undergoing Tommy John surgery. Martinez hit .250/.272/.378 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 296 at-bats with the Astros last season.


J.D. Martinez activated from DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) The Astros activated outfielder J.D. Martinez from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Angels.

Martinez was not in the lineup Friday. He batted .256 with seven home runs and 36 runs driven in 273 at-bats before suffering a sprained wrist on July 26.

J.D. Martinez without timetable for return


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez, who sprained his wrist July 26 and is on the disabled list, does not currently have a timetable to return to the lineup, MLB.com reports.

Manager Bo Porter said Martinez will do rehab work in Houston, but it is uncertain whether or not he'll need a minor league rehab assignment.

"I haven't had time to sit down with [trainer] Nate [Lucero} and map out his progress, but I know J.D.'s working hard and he'll be around the park while we're here," Porter said.

J.D. Martinez lands on disabled list


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) The Astros placed outfielder J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a wrist injury. He is dealing with a sprained left wrist. Robbie Grossman was called up to replace him on the roster. 

Martinez was batting .357 over his last 14 at-bats with two doubles and an RBI. He's hitting .256 on the year with seven home runs and 36 runs driven in over 273 at-bats. 


J.D. Martinez returns with a double


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez returned to the starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays after suffering a lower back contusion Tuesday.

Martinez, who served as the team's designated hitter, finished 1 for 3 with a double and two strikeouts in a 4-0 defeat. He is hitting .252 with seven homers and 36 RBI in 270 at-bats.

J.D. Martinez suffers back contusion


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez suffered a lower back contusion during Tuesday's win over Oakland, MLB.com reports. 

Martinez, who is day to day, went 1 for 4 before leaving the game. He's batting .251 on the season. 


J.D. Martinez finally racks up multiple hits


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez snapped out of a slump Friday, with a 3-for-4 day against the Angels.

Martinez, who had gone 11 straight games without posting multiple hits, had two singles and a double in a 4-2 loss, raising his average to .251.

Martinez is batting just .212 in the month of June, and he has multiple hits just twice in 23 games. 


J.D. Martinez hits seventh home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning Saturday against the Cubs, bringing his team back from a 3-0 deficit in what would be a 4-3 win.

Martinez's home run was his second in June. He is hitting .251 in 191 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez unable to maintain momentum


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez has tailed off offensively in June following a strong finish in May. 

Martinez hit .349 (22 for 63) with three home runs, six doubles and 13 RBI over a 17-game stretch from May 13-31. Unfortunately, he hasn't been as strong of a performer in June. He's batting .216 (11 for 51) with one home run, four RBI and 17 strikeouts in 14 games this month.


J.D. Martinez part of homer barrage


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez homered Wednesday against the Orioles. Martinez was one of six Houston players to homer in the game. 

Martinez had a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Steve Johnson, his sixth of the year. He went 1 for 5 and is batting .268. 

He has hits in eight of his last 10 games with five RBI over that span. 


J.D. Martinez sets career high with four hits


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2013) Astros right fielder J.D. Martinez set a career high with four hits in five at-bats in his team's 7-5 win over the Rockies Thursday night. All four of Martinez's hits were singles, and he scored one run and drove in one in the game.

Martinez owns a .282 batting average, his highest mark since going 2 for 7 through April 6.


J.D. Martinez has two hits, two strikeouts


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 Tuesday against the Rockies, but he could still not get away from the strikeout bug in a 2-1 loss.

Martinez struck out twice, giving him eight in his last 13 at-bats. One of his hits was a double, as he continues to hit for power.

Martinez is hitting .250, with 10 doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI.  


J.D. Martinez 'feeling good' at the plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez has been thriving at the plate since being named the everyday left fielder. Martinez is batting .345 (10 for 29) with two home runs, four doubles and seven RBI in his last nine games (eight starts).

"I'm feeling good," he said, per MLB.com. "I feel like I've been hitting the ball hard, not just (Wednesday) but the last couple of series. I feel like I'm going up there with my plan and approach and I'm not changing it within my at-bat and constantly changing plans like I feel like I have in the past."


J.D. Martinez powers Astros to win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez continued to turn his season around Wednesday against the Royals, as he hit his fourth home run in a 3-1 win.

Martinez went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the first-inning for his second multi-hit game in as many nights. He finished with two RBI and a run scored.

He is batting .255 since being recalled from Triple-A at the beginning of May, with two home runs and seven RBI in 13 games. 


J.D. Martinez hits first homer since recall


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez homered in the club's 7-5 victory Wednesday against Detroit.

It was Martinez's first home run since returning from the minor leagues May 7. Martinez is struggling with strikeouts -- he has eight in 24 at-bats since the return -- but the power has been there. He has four doubles to go with the home run.

Martinez is hitting .246/.274/.478 this season.


Bo Porter names three everyday outfielders


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Astros manager Bo Porter said J.D. Martinez, Robbie Grossman and Jimmy Paredes will be the team's regular three starters in the outfield, MLB.com reports. Porter had been rotating Trevor Crowe and Brandon Barnes in the outfield over the past few weeks.

"They're going to get the bulk of the playing time," Porter said, "so that I, as a manager, can make a definitive decision as a manager to answer the question: Can this guy or can that guy play every day at the Major League level?"

J.D. Martinez worth a look in AL-only


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/6/2013) J.D. Martinez is likely headed back to the Astros Monday, and even though he has a .244 average on the season, he could be a nice surprise going forward.  

Martinez had two home runs and a steal in 32 at-bats this season, and most of his production came in the nine games before he went on the DL. Martinez has a stellar minor-league track record, with a .333 average and .928 OPS in 1,228 at-bats. In each of his three minor-league seasons before starting 2012 with the Astros, Martinez hit double-digits in home runs and averaged 30 doubles despite getting more than 350 at-bats just once. 

While his major-league career so far has been somewhat nondescript, Martinez has the skill to make an impact in batting average, with a double-digit flirtation in home runs. Owned in 4 percent of leagues, he should at least be considered for a fourth or fifth outfield spot in AL-only format. 


J.D. Martinez coming back to Houston


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez is headed back to Houston.

Martinez was slated to start Monday's Double-A game in Corpus Christi, but was scratched about 30 minutes prior to the game. In 45 at-bats this season, Martinez is hitting .244/.271/.444.


Astros place J.D. Martinez on 15-day DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:07 pm ET) The Astros announced Saturday that outfielder J.D. Martinez, who left Friday's game with a sprained right knee, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Martinez homered Friday before being replaced, leaving him with a .244/.271/.444 line and two home runs in 48 plate appearances.


J.D. Martinez dealing with knee sprain


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2013) Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez was forced to leave Friday's series opener against the Indians with a right knee sprain. Martinez's right knee buckled when he attempted to check his swing on a pitch from Brett Myers in the fourth inning.

He immediately dropped to the ground and was taken off the field by team trainers.

Martinez, who was replaced in the lineup by Brandon Barnes, had a two-run home run off Myers in his first at-bat against the right-hander.

He is batting .244 and is day-to-day.