JD Mart Trade

The big trade news of the day is outfielder JD Martinez going from the Detroit Tigers to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King.  The Tigers will be in the selling frame of mind this year as closer Justin Wilson is expected to go soon as well.  For now, let us take a look at JD and what he brings to that Diamondbacks lineup who is currently a half game up in the Wild Card standings.

Martinez was drafted in the 20th round of the 2009 draft by the Houston Astros.  After some unsuccessful years in Houston, he was acquired by the Tigers in 2014 and quickly made an impact.  In 2015, he hit 38 home runs and 102 RBIs with a wRC+ of 137.  He has continued his success in 2015 where he was an All Star and won the Silver Slugger.  After starting the season on the DL with a foot injury, he has picked up where he left off in 2015.  In 57 games played, JD is slashing .305/.388/.630 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs and a wRC+ of 162. Since the start of 2015 JD is 22nd in homeruns while having less at bats

than everyone except for Stanton.  The big issue with JD is his lefty righty splits.  He is elite against lefties and below average against right handed pitchers.  This has been the trend for the past year.  But from the table below we

can see something encouraging.  Despite not doing well against right handed pitchers, he is 


hitting the ball hard.  In fact, his hard hit percentage against right handed pitchers is not significantly lower than that of left handed pitchers.  

JD will slot in nicely right behind lamb in that 5th spot.  He will have plenty of RBI opportunities in the location.  With an already potent lineup with Goldschmidt, Pollock, and Lamb, JD makes this one of the scariest offenses in baseball.

Dawel Lugo is a 22 year-old 2B/SS from the Dominican Republic. He has an above average arm with plus power. He currently is in AA where he is hitting .282/.325/.438 with 7 home runs.  He projects to arrive in the MLB in 2018.

Sergio Alcantara is a 21 year-old SS who is a switch hitter. He is currently in A+ hitting .279/.344/.362 with 11 stolen bases.

Jose King is an 18 year-old 2B.  He is in Rookie ball batting .261/.333/.348  through 51 plate appearances.

These are all very young, raw players.  They appear to be great athletes with good ceilings.  The Tigers received a nice package for JD, and the Diamondbacks received one of the best middle of the order bats in baseball.

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