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28 J.D. Martinez LF
Height/Weight: 6-3/221 | Birthdate: 8/21/1987 | Birthplace: Miami, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 93/87 | Average Draft Position: 175.30
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David Price, Rick Porcello among Tigers players tendered contracts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Tigers have tendered contracts to all four arbitration-eligible players prior to the midnight deadline on Tuesday, reports the Detroit Free-Press. Those players include: Al Alburquerque, J.D. Martinez, Rick Porcello and David Price.

Tigers standout J.D. Martinez could move to DH in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Brad Ausmus is considering using 2014 Tigers surprise J.D. Martinez at designated hitter next season if Victor Martinez flies the coop in free agency.

"It's possible," Ausmus told the Detroit News. "We're certainly hoping something works out with Victor, but we have talked about that, about using J.D. there depending on how things shake out."

Martinez was used primarily in left field this year.

"I don't think you'd have to stick him at DH and never take him out or not use him in the outfield," Ausmus added. "Really, at that age -- Martinez is 27 -- I don't think I'd want to pigeon-hole him at DH."


J.D. Martinez homers in second straight postseason game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 7-6 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Martinez has opened up the ALDS with home runs in back-to-back games, but the Tigers still find themselves down 2-0 going into Sunday's Game 3 in Detroit. The outfielder came up with runners on the corners in the fourth and deposited the ball over the left-field fence, and his blast was followed by another by the next batter to put the Tigers up 5-2. His home runs are his only two hits in eight at-bats during the series.


J.D. Martinez homers, drives in four runs Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 7-2 win over the Indians Friday.

Martinez slugged a two-run home run to left center field in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. He then came back with a two-run triple in a seventh inning in which the Tigers scored four times to put the game out of reach. Martinez has hit .305/.347/.553 with 21 home runs, 69 RBI and six stolen bases in 387 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez slugs 18th home run Monday vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 12-1 win over the Indians Monday.

Martinez combined with Victor Martinez on back-to-back home runs in the third inning to put the Tigers up 5-1 before the offense combined for seven runs in the final three innings. The outfielder has hit .307/.348/.550 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI in 349 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez hits 17th home run Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez clubbed his 17th home run Tuesday against the Rays.

Martinez waited until the eighth inning to strike. He led off the inning by taking a 75 mph curveball out to center field for the solo shot. Martinez would also single during the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


J.D. Martinez powers Tigers to win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez did much of the heavy lifting Thursday, as he drove in the team's first two runs in a 5-2 win over the Pirates.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with his solo shot in the fifth inning, and then added on RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the following frame. He went 2 for 4 with two RBI, one run scored and one walk in the win.

Martinez has been cold throughout August, but now has six RBI in 13 games. He is still hitting just .191 in the month, bringing his season line down to .303/.348/.566. 


J.D. Martinez picks up momentum with big game Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The slump experienced by Tigers surprising outfielder J.D. Martinez is apparently over. He homered, singled, walked and scored twice Thursday in a defeat to the White Sox.

Martinez has rebounded from a 4-for-30 slide to slam five hits and score four runs in the last three games. He still boasts an impressive .325/.363/.605 this season.


J.D. Martinez returns Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has returned to action Friday.

Martinez has missed two games due to a quad injury. He was initially scheduled to play Thursday, but was a late scratch. Martinez is hitting .327/.363/.606 over 208 at-bats. 


J.D. Martinez late scratch with quad soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was a late scratch Thursday night against the Angels because of quad soreness. He has missed back-to-back games because of the ailment. He is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 208 at-bats. Martinez's status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Angels.

J.D. Martinez returns to lineup Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez returned to the starting lineup Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury. He is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 208 at-bats.

Quad ailment has J.D. Martinez sidelined Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Upper quad discomfort prevented Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez from making his appointed rounds Wednesday in Arizona.

Martinez felt a twinge after singling in the eighth inning of the Tuesday loss to the Diamondbacks. He should be considered day-to-day at this point. His torrid stretch has been interrupted by a 3-for-20 slide. Martinez has scored just one run in the last seven games and driven in none in the last four.


No slowing J.D. Martinez down in July


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has continued his hot-hitting ways in the month of July, as he put together another multi-hit effort in a 16-4 win over the Royals.

Four days after slugging his career-high 12th home run of the season, Martinez was held in the yard Thursday. He still managed to make his impact felt, reaching base three times and driving in three runs, while going 2 for 3 with a walk. He added a pair of runs scored in the win.

Martinez is hitting .429/.462/.829 with three home runs and nine RBI in nine July games.  


J.D. Martinez one homer shy of career-high


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez continued his hot -hitting ways Tuesday, in a 3-0 win over the Athletics.

Martinez provided some insurance runs for Rick Porcello's complete-game shutout, with his sixth-inning two-run home run. He went 2 for 4 overall in the game, adding a double and a run scored in the win.

Martinez now has 10 home runs in just 145 at-bats, just one shy of his career-high set in 395 at-bats in 2012. He is hitting .317/.354/.628 since he was called up to join the Tigers.


J.D. Martinez to continue to see playing time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is going to continue seeing playing time, according to mlive.com.

Manager Brad Ausmus met with outfielder Torii Hunter Wednesday to inform Hunter that Martinez might start more often. Hunter was receptive to the change, saying he doesn't mind as long as the team is winning. Martinez will also get some starts over left fielder Rajai Davis. 

Ausmus had good things to say about Martinez's recent surge. He described Martinez as the "prototypical" five hitter. In 122 at-bats, Martinez is hitting .320, with nine home runs.


J.D. Martinez homers yet again Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a walk, a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 8-6 win over the Rangers Wednesday.

Martinez has been lights out at the plate over the last 10 days, hitting six home runs in his last nine games. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games Wednesday. Martinez has hit .320/.356/.648 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in just 122 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez goes deep again in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez continued his hot hitting Tuesday, as he extended his hitting streak to 13 games in an 8-2 win over the Rangers.

Martinez went 2 for 5 in Tuesday's game, with his eighth home run of the season. He drove in two runs and scored once, while adding a double and striking out twice in the win.

Martinez has found his swing after being cut by the Astros in the offseason. He is hitting .314/.346/.619 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 37 games. 


J.D. Martinez worth a flier


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/23/2014) So I did something bold during my weekly add-drop session Sunday afternoon: I put in a claim for J.D. Martinez in just about every league where he was available.

Notice I said "just about." I understand that in some leagues, namely those of a shallower variety, creating roster space for a player of his stature is unconscionable, so just to add context, Collin McHugh was the player I dropped in the one league where I was successful. I was ready to drop Marco Estrada, A.J. Burnett, Adam Lind and Lucas Duda in others, though.

In short, I don't want to be late to the party like I was with Corey Dickerson. Martinez's minor-league track record is nearly as impressive as Dickerson's -- he has hit .332 with a .942 OPS in parts of six seasons -- but his major-league track record is so unimpressive by comparison that I'm naturally inclined to disregard what he's doing now.

I'm doing my best to fight that inclination in the hope of scoring big, like Dickerson's owners have done.

The recent reports of Martinez overhauling his swing this offseason -- changes that he describes as "extreme," "the complete opposite" and "reinventing himself" -- make my fight a little bit easier.


J.D. Martinez riding 12-game hitting streak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has a 12-game hitting streak after going 1 for 4 with a two-run double and a run scored Sunday. Martinez has 13 RBI during the streak, which has upped his average to .310/.344/.593 in 113 at-bats.

Although Torii Hunter is expected back from his hamstring injury Tuesday when the Tigers visit Texas, manager Brad Ausmus isn't likely to sit Martinez.

"I don’t see how I can take him out of the lineup,” Ausmus told MLB.com, "unless he tells me he doesn’t want to play or can’t play."

The website said Hunter's return could cost Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson playing time.


J.D. Martinez hits seventh home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez belted his seventh home run Friday against the Indians.

Martinez stepped to the plate in the eighth inning with two men on base. He homered on the first pitch he saw from John Axford, taking a 95 mph fastball out to right. Martinez also singled and doubled earlier in the game. He finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI. 

Martinez is hitting .317 over 104 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez completely overhauled swing in offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez completely overhauled his swing during the offseason, according to FoxSports.com.

Martinez watched video of both Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun, and attempted to take things from their swings. He worked with a personal hitting coach for three weeks, and then tested his new approach in Venezuela. "If you watch video of me in the past, it’s the complete opposite — it’s that extreme," Martinez said. "It’s kind of like I reinvented myself."

Martinez is hitting .300/.333/.570 over 100 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez still has playing time concerns


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) With Torii Hunter sidelined by a hamstring injury, J.D. Martinez has started seven of the last eight games for the Tigers and has certainly made the most of the opportunity, batting .400 (12 for 30) with three homers. He now has six homers in 100 at-bats, which for most players would obviously be too good to be true, but maybe not for one who has routinely trounced the minor leagues, batting .332 with a .942 OPS over six seasons.

In other words, you're right to be intrigued. At age 26, Martinez isn't beyond a breakout even if his previous stints in the majors all ended in disappointment. Just look at Lonnie Chisenhall.

Unfortunately, Martinez has even clearer threats to his playing time than Chisenhall. His latest home run Thursday was just his third hit of any kind off a left-handed pitcher, giving him a .094 (3 for 32) batting average against them. Rajai Davis, meanwhile, has always hit lefties well, batting .295 for his career and .302 this year.

Austin Jackson isn't sitting, so where does that leave Martinez when Hunter returns Sunday? In a platoon, most likely.

As mixed-league owners are finding out with Corey Dickerson, platoon players don't make for the most reliable starters in Fantasy. I'm not bothering with Martinez outside of AL-only leagues.


J.D. Martinez continues power surge Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez homered for the second straight game and third time in four games, while extending his hitting streak to nine games during a 2-1 win Thursday vs. Kansas City. 

Martinez's only hit Thursday was a two-out solo home run off Danny Duffy in the fourth inning, which was the go-ahead hit and stood as the eventual game winner.

Martinez is batting .412 (14 for 34) with three home runs, four doubles, five runs and eight RBI during his nine-game hit streak. He's totaled six home runs, six doubles and 16 RBI in his last 20 games since May 18.


Tigers need to find regular playing time for J.D. Martinez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) The Tigers might be mired in a pretty bad slump, losing 20 of their last 29 games through Wednesday, but amid the tough times has been the surprising play of outfielder J.D. Martinez. The 26-year-old outfielder is batting .355 with a .694 slugging percentage, 1.072 OPS, five home runs, six doubles and 15 RBI in his last 19 games.

Martinez's hot streak hasn't slipped past manager Brad Ausmus, who said "we have to" keep Martinez in the lineup because "he's swinging the bat well." (per MLive.com). That statement right there is really encouraging for Fantasy owners.

Ausmus doesn't have an easy job because he has four outfielders -- Martinez, Rajai Davis, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter -- for three spots. Not to forget Andy Dirks (back) might be back next month. But even Ausmus is sensing he's probably going to have to keep Martinez in the lineup on a regular basis while his numbers are this good.

I know Martinez failed in Houston and didn't get off to a great start after his promotion from the minors this season. But prior to his callup, he was tearing the cover off the ball, like he is doing now. He hit .308 with an .846 slugging percentage, 1.212 OPS, 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 17 games for Triple-A Toledo. 

Ausmus even said Martinez profiles as a No. 5 hitter because of his power. If he keeps hitting behind Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, then he's going to get pitches to hit and this might be more than a hot streak. We just have to hope Ausmus sticks to his word and finds regular playing time for Martinez.


J.D. Martinez slugs grand slam Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 1 for 3 with a ninth-inning grand slam Monday, but it wasn't enough to avoid an 11-8 loss to the Royals.

Martinez took over for Torii Hunter, who left the game in the fourth inning with a hamstring cramp, and he pushed his team to within three runs with his home run in the ninth, but they would get no closer. Martinez has hit .270/.309/.494 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 89 at-bats.