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Full Name: Victor Jesus Martinez Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/170 First Game: September 10, 2002
Birthdate: December 23, 1978 MLB Experience: 6 years
Birthplace: Ciudad Bolivar, Bolivar (Venezuela)
Bat/Throw: Both/Right


Biography

Victor Martinez (Victor Jesus Martinez) was born on December 23, 1978 in Ciudad Bolivar, Bolivar (Venezuela). He made his Major League debut on September 10, 2002 for the Cleveland Indians. In 2003, his rookie year, he hit .289 with 1 home run and 16 RBI. Martinez played for the Cleveland Indians for his entire 5 year career.

Most people believe that Victor Martinez's best season was 2004, when he slugged 23 home runs, hit for a .283 average and knocked in 108 runs.

In 2003, Martínez was busiest between Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and the Indians. He finished with a combined .315 batting average, hitting at a .349 clip in August and September with the big club. Exhibiting knowledge of the strike zone and an ability to make contact, he reduced his strikeout totals and produced a combined .376 on base percentage. He also drove in 63 runs, hitting .323 with runners in scoring position, and was selected to participate in the All-Star Futures Game played at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field. From 2001-03, the Venezuelan slugger batted a combined .330 with 40 home runs and 194 RBI.

Showing defensive improvement, Martínez displayed an ability to call games at the major league level and began 2004 as the Indians' No. 1 catcher. In his first full-season he did a fine job defensively, hit .283 with 23 home runs, set a new record for Indians catchers with 108 RBI, earned his first All-Star selection, and shared the Silver Slugger honor as the top-hitting American League catcher with Ivan Rodriguez. For the first time since the awards began in 1980, there was a tie at one position. On July 16, Martínez also had the best offensive night by a Tribe catcher in franchise history, when he hit three home runs, singled twice, drew a walk, and drove in a career-high seven runs in a perfect 5-for-5 game.

In June 2005, Martínez was batting .207 but he came into the season's final weekend batting .382 (96-for-251) after the All-Star break, the most for any ML player. He finished the season with a .305 average, 20 home runs and 80 RBI.

In a four season career, Martínez has posted a .293 average with 45 home runs and 209 RBI in 349 games played.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2002 CLE 12 32 2 9 1 0 1 5 3 2 0 0 .281 .333 .406 .740
2003 CLE 49 159 15 46 4 0 1 16 13 21 1 1 .289 .345 .333 .678
2004 CLE 141 520 77 147 38 1 23 108 60 69 0 1 .283 .359 .492 .851
2005 CLE 147 547 73 167 33 0 20 80 63 78 0 1 .305 .378 .475 .853
2006 CLE 153 572 82 181 37 0 16 93 71 78 0 0 .316 .391 .465 .856
2007 CLE 147 562 78 169 40 0 25 114 62 76 0 0 .301 .374 .505 .879
Career 649 2392 327 719 153 1 86 416 272 324 1 3 .301 .373 .473 .846

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
2002 CLE C 9 7 69 55 58 2 1 0 .983
2003 CLE C 40 40 342 231 255 23 1 2 .996
2004 CLE C 132 124 1108 865 932 61 6 11 .994
2005 CLE C 142 139 1233 904 967 58 5 6 .995
2006 CLE 1B 22 19 166 149 154 5 0 15 1.000
2006 CLE C 133 127 1110 753 806 45 8 7 .990
2007 CLE 1B 30 24 221 187 201 13 1 18 .995
2007 CLE C 121 118 1042 779 836 53 4 8 .995
Total 662 627 5391 4001 4288 261 26 69 .994

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