Sleeper Report: Breakouts
J.D. Martinez – OF – Astros
He will be the Astros starting left fielder after starting the last third of the 2011 season there. Martinez played well in that short time period batting .274 with six home runs and 35 RBI’s with 208 at bats.
Martinez didn’t play AAA, but showed his potential in AA Corpus Christi where he batted .338 with 13 home runs and 78 RBI’s with 370 at bats before being called up at the end of the season.
Martinez has an excellent flat, line-drive swing and he is able to drive the ball well. This should help generate a good batting average, but his power is questionable (20 home run ceiling at this point). What isn’t questionable his his knack to knock in runs. He is been a clutch hitter at all levels, and this is a hallmark of a good major league hitter.
Actually Martinez’s biggest weakness is he can’t seem to hit at night. He batted just .151 with zero home runs (58 at bats). So if you want to micro-manage, just bench Martinez during night games and start him during the day when he bats .311 with six home runs (150 at bats) and you might have a Fantasy-All-Star.