2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: J.D. Martinez
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Boston Red Sox OF/DH J.D. Martinez and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
For the impatient free agency crowd, it took until February last year for power hitter J.D. Martinez to sign with the Red Sox. Although many feared he could not carry over his ridiculous power totals from 2017, Martinez hardly missed a beat racking up 43 home runs with 130 RBI over 150 games with a .330/.402/.629 slash line. Only Christian Yelich also scored at least 100 runs with at least 100 RBI and an average over three hundred.
Martinez garners headlines for his attention to detail watching video of his swing and at-bats in an effort to fine tune the process. It appears more players should be following his lead. He became only the fourth player in Boston history to hit at least .325 with 40-plus home runs and 125-plus RBI joining Ted Williams, Jimmie Foxx and Mo Vaughn. Martinez also led the majors in multiple hit games (59). Here’s a list of some of his other end of season rankings:
- J.D. Martinez led the majors in RBI (130) and total bases (358).
- He ranked second...