Fantasy Profile: Victor Martinez, 1B, Detroit Tigers

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LWOS Ranking 7, Captain’s Value $20.47

In Fantasy Baseball, one thing that is helpful is to have a healthy dose of skepticism and question everything. This certainly holds true for someone such as Victor Martinez who reached a career high in Home Runs (36) in his mid-30s and has a history of missing extended time (the entire 2012) season due to injury.

The power aspect of his game does not appear to be sustainable. Last year, he had a career high 16% HR/FB rate. In comparison, this is much higher than his career total of 10.7% and over two times higher than his totals in 2011 (7.3%) & 2013 (7.2%). Even with this factored in, Martinez should provide 15-20 Home Run power.

Despite the likely drop in power for 2015, Martinez still looks on track to provide plenty of value. While his power numbers were out of pattern, his high batting average was not. 2014 was his fifth consecutive season hitting over .300 and his BABIP of .316 also matched his career total. He should also have many opportunities to score & drive in runs playing in the middle of what should be a strong Tigers lineup.

2011 DET 1B 145 595 540 76 12 103 1 46 51 0.330 0.380 0.470 0.850
2013 DET 1B 159 668 605 68 14 83 0 54 62 0.301 0.355 0.430 0.785
2014 DET 1B 151 641 561 87 32 103 3 70 42 0.335 0.409 0.565 0.974
2015 Projection DET 1B 647 578 83 19 102 1 60 51 0.326 0.386 0.475 0.872

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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 06: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers singles to left field in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park on June 6, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Rays 5-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)