Chris Martin Atlanta Braves

Age: 34 (June 2, 1986) | 6' 8" | 215lbs. | Throws: Right
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
COL AAA 2014 1 3 5 0 25 0 26.2 33 2 9 36 4.39 1.58 1.52 3.0 12.2 .442 n/a
COL NL 2014 0 0 0 0 16 0 15.1 22 2 4 14 7.04 1.70 1.76 2.3 8.2 .406 61/20/20 -4 -2
NYY AAA 2015 0 1 2 0 20 0 28.1 26 1 10 25 3.18 1.27 1.15 3.2 7.9 .313 n/a
NYY AL 2015 0 2 1 0 24 0 20.1 28 2 6 18 5.75 1.67 1.67 2.7 8.0 .398 53/27/20 -3 -2
TEX AA 2018 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 2 0 0 3 0.00 1.00 1.00 0.0 0.0 .431 n/a
TEX AAA 2018 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 2 0 0 1 0.00 2.00 2.00 0.0 0.0 .524 n/a
TEX AL 2018 1 5 0 14 46 0 41.2 46 5 5 37 4.54 1.22 1.34 1.1 8.0 .337 40/27/32 0 2
TEX AL 2019 0 2 4 12 38 0 38.0 35 8 4 43 3.08 1.03 1.29 0.9 10.2 .296 49/19/32 7 6
ATL NL 2019 1 1 0 6 20 0 17.1 17 1 1 22 4.15 1.04 1.10 0.5 11.4 .373 52/22/26 2 2
ATL NL 2020 0 1 1 1 4 0 4.0 2 1 1 3 2.25 0.75 1.00 2.2 6.8 .108 42/17/42 1 1
Career 5yrs 2 11 6 33 148 0 136.2 150 19 21 137 4.48 1.25 1.38 1.4 9.0 .345 n/a
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Amazing K/BB. The HR's hurt him.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Mar 3

Mark Melancon is slated as the primary closer, and that fact alone has me considering keeping Martin at $5. But it is 5x5, so maybe not.

Oh yeah, Will Smith is there too.  Almost definitely not.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jan 11

He was surely helped by the Nats' playoff experience with their 5-man bullpen, which consisted of Doolittle, Hudson, and then the 3-headed Scherzer/Strasburg/Corbin monster.

Oh, and like 11 relievers trusted only for mopup duty.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jan 7

On Nov. 20, Bob-in-TX called him "a slightly-poorer man's version of Ryan Pressly."

On Nov. 5 MLBTR exactly predicted just how poor, missing on who would sign him, adding a key detail about his career that I had forgotten.

27.  Chris Martin – Phillies.  Two years, $14MM.  Martin has one of the most fascinating journeys of any player on this list. As outlined by Tim Tucker in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Martin was drafted out of both high school and community college, but turned those offers down in hopes of improving his stock. Instead, he suffered a torn labrum in college and basically quit baseball after his shoulder wasn’t responding properly. Working at places like Lowe’s and UPS in his 20s, Martin realized his shoulder didn’t hurt anymore, and forged a path from independent baseball to a Major League debut at age 27,  to a successful two-year stint with the Nippon Ham Fighters, and back home to Texas on a two-year, $4MM free agent deal. In Martin’s first year for the Rangers, he was limited to 41 2/3 innings because of forearm irritation as well as hamstring, knee, and groin injuries. This year, he ascended to the team’s closer role before being traded to the Braves at the deadline. Martin ended his season on a minor down note, as he was pulled from the NLDS with oblique tightness.

Martin’s stats this year jump off the page. In 55 2/3 innings, he punched out 65 batters and walked just five, with a 50 percent ground-ball rate to boot. His fastball averaged nearly 96 miles per hour. On the worrisome side, he was in the 17th percentile for hard-hit percentage, and more than a fifth of his fly-balls left the yard in his time with the Rangers. Plus, there’s that injury history.  As free agent relievers go, Martin, who’ll turn 34 next June, sits on the higher end of the risk/reward spectrum.

Signed with Braves for two years, $14MM.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 6
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 0.6 FIP 3.52 SIERA 3.37 FB 51% FBv 95.2 HR/FB 12% Hard 34% LOB 70%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 1.0 FIP 3.25 SIERA 2.65 FB 63% FBv 95.7 HR/FB 21% Hard 40% LOB 77%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19