Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Player Profile: Jose Martinez
By Seth Carter
Tampa Bay Rays newly acquired slugger, Jose Martinez player profile. Here’s a rundown of his stats and what to expect in 2020.
Birthplace: La Guaira, Venezuela
Acquired via trade 01/08/2019 (Tampa Bay Rays gave up Matthew Liberatore in exchange for Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena from the St. Louis Cardinals)
2019 Salary: $2.125 million
Free Agent: 2023
VS LHP: .329/.397/.600
VS RHP .254/.325/.360
- Jose Martinez has a career OPS+ of 119 and a .458 slugging percentage.
- Martinez has a career on-base percentage of .363 with a .298 batting average.
- For his career, Martinez has destroyed left-handed pitching to the tune of a .331/.405/.570 slash line.
- Jose Martinez won Rookie of the Month in September of 2017.
- He was 7th in NL in batting average in 2018 at.305.
- He has logged over 900 major league innings at first base, right field, and left field.
- In his four seasons in the Bigs, he has -28 defensive runs saved.
- Martinez has a .538 batting average through seven career post-season games.
2020 Steamer Projections
Jose Martinez fills a big hole for the Rays in 2020. They were openly in search of a right-handed bat as they leaned very lefty-heavy.
The addition of Martinez may momentarily push Nate Lowe out of the way for now at first, but Martinez brings a veteran presence and another piece that knows how to get on base.
Martinez not only fits the need for a well-rounded slugger from the right side but as noted in the fun facts above, he absolutely destroys left-handed pitching. He eats it for breakfast..and second breakfast.
Martinez may not rate as a great defender but he certainly provides versatility for the Rays, having logged over 900 innings at three different positions.
*Stats for this profile were harvested from ESPN.com and Fangraphs.com