Chris Martin
Chris Martin
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Martin has had one of the more impressive late-career breakouts in baseball. Through 2018 (his age-32 season), he owned a poor 5.31 ERA in just 78 career innings. In 2019, he emerged to post a 3.40 ERA in 55.2 innings for the Rangers and Braves, a number he backed up with a 30.1 K% and 2.3 BB%. 2020 was much the same for the veteran righty, who rode a 30.3 K% and 4.5 BB% to a 1.00 ERA in 18 frames. It did take some good fortune to get to that number, including his .171 BABIP and 84.9% strand rate, but his 2.36 FIP indicates he was still dominant even after accounting for that. There were a few worrying numbers for Martin -- his GB% plummeted from 50.0 to 39.0 while his fastball velocity dropped from 95.7 to 94.1 mph -- but the overall picture here is of a strong high-leverage reliever. He could fall off at any point given his age but should remain near the top of the closer depth chart in Atlanta until that happens. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#358
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Braves in November of 2019.
Clean inning in return
PAtlanta Braves
May 31, 2021
Martin pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout to earn a hold in Monday's 5-3 win over Washington.
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Martin made his first appearance since May 23, as he held been held out of action while managing vaccine side effects. The right-hander has been excellent when healthy with a 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 5:1 K:BB across 7.2 innings this season. He missed over a month with a shoulder injury, but his performance suggests he'll be in the mix for high-leverage work.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
11
How many pitches does Chris Martin generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Chris Martin generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-31%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .184 153 49 3 27 4 0 6
Since 2019vs Right .256 185 44 6 45 5 0 5
2021vs Left .200 21 3 0 4 1 0 1
2021vs Right .250 35 5 1 8 0 0 0
2020vs Left .107 31 11 2 3 1 0 0
2020vs Right .147 35 9 1 5 0 0 1
2019vs Left .202 101 35 1 20 2 0 5
2019vs Right .291 115 30 4 32 5 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.20 1.00 45.0 1 2 2 9.2 0.6 1.4
Since 2019Away 2.98 0.85 42.1 1 5 3 10.0 1.3 0.9
2021Home 4.00 0.56 9.0 0 1 0 5.0 0.0 1.0
2021Away 5.79 1.71 4.2 0 2 0 5.8 1.9 0.0
2020Home 1.13 1.00 8.0 0 0 1 10.1 2.3 0.0
2020Away 0.90 0.30 10.0 1 1 0 9.9 0.9 0.9
2019Home 3.54 1.14 28.0 1 1 1 10.3 0.3 1.9
2019Away 3.25 0.90 27.2 0 2 3 10.7 1.3 1.0
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Stat Review
How does Chris Martin compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. 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, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
8.00
 
K/9
5.3
 
BB/9
0.7
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
94.6 mph
 
ERA
4.61
 
WHIP
0.95
 
BABIP
.265
 
GB/FB
1.62
 
Left On Base
43.1%
 
Exit Velocity
81.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2157 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.0%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Two seasons ago, Martin was pitching in Japan after failed stints with the Rockies and Yankees. In 2019, he emerged as a viable setup man, racking up 18 holds and four saves in 58 appearances between Texas and Atlanta. The right-hander established career bests in nearly every category including FIP (3.24), WHIP (1.02) and strikeout rate (30.1%). Martin limited baserunners by posting the second-lowest walk rate in the league among qualified relievers (2.3 BB%). That number was not an aberration; he maintained a similarly-stingy 2.8 BB% in 2018. Relievers who strike out over a batter an inning while demonstrating elite command/control are hard to find -- especially when they have a five-pitch arsenal as Martin does. The 33-year-old returned to Atlanta on a two-year, $14 million deal, and while closing seems unlikely with Mark Melancon and Will Smith heading up the relief corps, it's not out of the question.
Martin pitched in Japan the past two years after disappointing stints with the Rockies in 2014 and Yankees in 2015. The 31-year-old had a 1.12 ERA and 91:13 K:BB in 89.1 innings of relief with the Nippon Ham Fighters over the past two seasons. He'll work in middle relief after signing a two-year, $4 million contract with the Rangers.
Martin was traded to the Yankees toward the end of the offseason last year, but struggled to make much of an impact in the majors, as he pitched to a 5.66 ERA in 20.2 innings. He was released by New York at the beginning of the 2015 offseason with the intention of signing with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan, so he'll likely be off the fantasy radar entirely for at least the 2016 season, if not beyond.
Martin made his debut with the Rockies as a 27-year-old last April, completing an improbable journey to the majors for the reliever, who had been a full-time warehouse worker just four years earlier. Unfortunately for Martin, the feel-good story didn’t continue during his 16 appearances with the Rockies (6.89 ERA, 1.66 WHIP), and his surface numbers weren’t overwhelmingly better over his 26.2 innings at Triple-A, either. There were some positive things to take away from his time with the Rockies, however. On the strength of a mid-90s fastball he was often able to keep low in the zone, Martin generated a 60.8% groundball rate. Moreover, the right-hander’s .408 BABIP and 3.77 FIP indicate that he could become a passable MLB reliever with a little better luck. He’ll get another look in the Colorado bullpen this season, though it’s unlikely he’ll rank high on the totem pole for saves.
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Managing vaccine side effects
PAtlanta Braves
Illness
May 26, 2021
Martin wasn't available to pitch Tuesday due to side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Reinstated from injured list
PAtlanta Braves
May 12, 2021
Martin (shoulder) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
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Making another rehab appearance
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
May 11, 2021
Martin (shoulder) will make his third rehab appearance Tuesday before the Braves decide if he's ready to return, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Rehab appearances imminent
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
May 5, 2021
Martin (shoulder) will make rehab appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday and Saturday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Rehab assignment coming soon
PAtlanta Braves
Shoulder
May 4, 2021
Martin (shoulder) is expected to have a brief rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett before returning to the major-league roster, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
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