Martin Maldonado
Martin Maldonado
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Houston Astros
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The catcher position as a whole got a lift in 2019, but Maldonado did not get the memo. He had pretty much the exact same season he had in 2017 and 2018, only this time his year was split between three teams (Royals, Cubs and Astros) instead of two as in 2018. Maldonado struck out 23% of the time and hit in the low-.200s with double-digit homers and middling run-production stats. His rate stats have been remarkably consistent, but consistently bad. His OPS has ranged from .627 to .683 over the last four seasons while his wRC+ has ranged from 72 to 78 in that time. Maldonado can still provide value behind the plate at 33 years old and his abilities on that side of the ball earned him a two-year, $7 million deal with Houston. Despite being atop the depth chart at press time, he can still reasonably go undrafted in 15-team, two-catcher mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Astros in December of 2019.
In Saturday's lineup
CHouston Astros
March 7, 2020
Maldonado (thumb) is in the lineup for Saturday's spring game against the Cardinals, according to MLB.com.
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Maldonado missed a few days after taking a foul ball off his left thumb, but he will be back behind the plate Saturday and will hit seventh in the Astros' batting order.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
59
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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1
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23
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .656 372 38 8 29 0 .230 .295 .361
Since 2017vs Right .643 877 90 27 80 0 .216 .276 .368
2019vs Left .690 114 13 4 8 0 .229 .281 .410
2019vs Right .662 260 33 8 19 0 .206 .298 .364
2018vs Left .648 130 16 2 10 0 .233 .295 .353
2018vs Right .618 274 23 7 34 0 .222 .267 .350
2017vs Left .632 128 9 2 11 0 .228 .307 .325
2017vs Right .649 343 34 12 27 0 .219 .265 .384
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .619 618 60 15 47 0 .216 .279 .340
Since 2017Away .675 631 68 20 62 0 .224 .284 .391
2019Home .706 190 25 8 18 0 .219 .298 .408
2019Away .636 184 21 4 9 0 .207 .288 .348
2018Home .567 198 16 2 15 0 .221 .274 .293
2018Away .684 206 23 7 29 0 .229 .278 .406
2017Home .592 230 19 5 14 0 .211 .267 .325
2017Away .695 241 24 9 24 0 .232 .286 .409
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Stat Review
How does Martin Maldonado compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.37
 
BB Rate
8.6%
 
K Rate
23.0%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.165
 
AVG
.213
 
OBP
.293
 
SLG
.378
 
OPS
.671
 
wOBA
.298
 
Exit Velocity
88.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.0%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Maldonado opened the 2018 season with the Angels before being traded to the Astros at the end of July with Los Angeles out of playoff contention. Overall it was another typical year for the veteran backstop, who provided elite defense behind the dish while struggling to produce on offense. After appearing in a career-high 137 games in 2017, Maldonado appeared in 119 contests in 2018, posting a combined .225/.276/.351 line with nine homers. His 2018 slash line was right in line with both his 2017 performance (.221/.276/.368) and his career slash line (.220/.289/.350), suggesting Maldonado's offensive production entering his age-32 season is unlikely to improve. That said, he was in the running to win a second consecutive American League Gold Glove, so Maldonado should see a sizable workload behind the plate after signing with Kansas City.
Maldonado's first season as a full-time starter went pretty much as expected; top-notch defense with inconsistent offense. After hitting a respectable .253/.313/.412 with nine homers in the first half of the season, he finished with a .221/.276/.368 line, dragged down by his second-half struggles (.183/.227/.312). The Angels attributed his drop-off to the increased workload, which is understandable given Maldonado led all catchers with 137 games caught despite having never played in more than 79 games in any season prior. However, the 31-year-old struggled to produce offensively even when his workload was reduced, hitting a combined .217/.299/.342 in five seasons (352 games) as the Brewers' backup. Still, he further solidified himself as one of the best defensive backstops in the game, earning his first American League Gold Glove, so he figures to reprise his role as the Angels' starting catcher in 2018.
Maldonado took over primary catching duties for the Brewers after they traded away Jonathan Lucroy, but he'll handle a new pitching staff in 2017 after getting traded to the Angels in December. Despite the extra opportunities, Maldonado showed little offensive upside last season. While he managed a career-best .332 on-base percentage thanks to a 13.8 percent walk rate, he still hasn't posted an OPS better than his .729 mark from his rookie year in 2012. Unless he shows signs of breaking that streak early in 2017, he's in danger of falling into a timeshare, though the Halos' willingness to part with Jett Bandy in order to get Maldonado could make him the bridge behind the plate until 2015 first-round pick Taylor Ward is deemed ready for the big leagues. Even with the potential for a full season as a starter in Anaheim, Maldonado's value is limited to deep leagues that require the use of two catchers.
Maldonado saw extended playing time this season due to some injury woes for regular starter Jonathan Lucroy, but Maldonado was largely unremarkable. In 79 games, the backstop slashed .210/.282/.293 with four homers and 22 RBI. His strong suits are his glove and game-calling ability, which bodes well for his chances to stay on the 25-man roster despite his hitting woes. However, as long as Lucroy stays healthy, Maldonado will probably remain a backup in 2016.
Maldonado worked as the backup behind starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy last season. Lucroy did not sit much, and Maldonado was limited to just 111 at-bats as a result, but he did post a respectable .707 OPS thanks to 11 walks and nine extra-base hits. Maldonado is a quality defensive catcher and under team control for several more years, so it would likely take an injury for him not to open next season as the Brewers’ backup catcher once again.
Maldonado is a valuable backup catcher thanks to his defense and game-calling abilities, but he struggled with the bat in 2013 while primarily seeing spot action with regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy healthy all season. Despite the struggles, Maldonado is young and cheap, so expect him to serve as the Brewers’ backup catcher again in 2014.
Known primarily as a defensive catcher and average prospect while in the minors, Maldonado rounded out his game last season in the most unlikely of places - Milwaukee. Maldonado filled in admirably in Jonathan Lucroy's absence and proved to be a more-than-capable backup catcher when Lucroy returned, finishing the season with a .266 batting average and eight home runs over 78 games. Maldonado will enter 2013 with the same backup job, but he will play more than your regular reserve catcher.
Maldonado is essentially the Brewers' third or fourth catcher, and will likely serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Nashville in 2012 with Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras in position to handle the big league staff.
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Hopeful to play Friday
CHouston Astros
Thumb
March 4, 2020
Maldonado (thumb) said he's hopeful he'll be ready to rejoin Houston's Grapefruit League lineup Friday against the Mets, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Scratched with thumb soreness
CHouston Astros
Thumb
March 3, 2020
Maldonado recently took a foul ball off his left thumb and was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals as a precaution, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Confirmed as top backstop
CHouston Astros
February 20, 2020
Manager Dusty Baker labeled Maldonado as the Astros' No. 1 catcher Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Inks two-year deal with Houston
CHouston Astros
December 20, 2019
Maldonado signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Astros on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Hits first homer of postseason
CHouston Astros
October 23, 2019
Maldonado went 1-for-1 with a solo home run Wednesday in a 12-3 loss to the Nationals in Game 2 of the World Series.
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