Player Profile: Russell Martin

Russell Martin, C
Born: February 15, 1983
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Height: 5’10″
Weight: 205 lbs.

Career statistics:

Year Age Tm G H HR RBI BA OBP OPS
2006 23 LAD 121 117 10 65 .282 .355 .792
2007 24 LAD 151 158 19 87 .293 .374 .843
2008 25 LAD 155 155 13 69 .280 .385 .781
2009 26 LAD 143 126 7 53 .250 .352 .680
2010 27 LAD 97 82 5 26 .248 .347 .679
2011 28 NYY 125 99 18 65 .237 .324 .732
2012 29 NYY 133 89 21 53 .211 .311 .713
7 Yrs 925 826 93 418 .260 .352 .751

 

Scouting report from Pirates Prospects:
Martin was one of the better catchers in baseball in his first three seasons, playing very well on both sides of the ball.  He had outstanding plate discipline throughout his minor league career and most of his major league career.  After those first three seasons, though, his hitting dropped off significantly and he struggled during his last two seasons in Los Angeles, leading to a non-tender.  He signed with the Yankees and continued to struggle at the plate, with his plate discipline also dropping off, but he hit with more power than previously.  For his career he’s had a fairly strong platoon split, posting an OPS of .830 against LHPs and .725 against RHPs.  He’s a good defensive catcher, possibly one of the best in baseball if you credit the pitch-framing study published by Baseball Prospectus, which showed Martin to be excellent.  For his career he’s thrown out 30% of opposing base stealers.”

Bill James’ 2013 projections:
.242 batting average, 16 HR, 64 RBI in 524 plate appearances

ZiPS 2013 projections:
.238 batting average, 12 HR, 46 RBI in 466 plate appearances

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