Angel Martinez

21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cleveland Guardians AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Martinez does not hit the ball as hard as we would like, but he makes excellent swing decisions for a 20-year-old switch hitter with experience at Double-A. He slashed .278/.378/.471 with a 17.5 K%, 12.0 BB%, 13 home runs and 23 doubles in 101 games between High-A and Double-A. An above-average runner, Martinez went 12-for-19 on stolen-base attempts last season. He primarily played second base at Double-A and saw time at shortstop and third base in the Arizona Fall League. Martinez would benefit from a trade to an organization with less depth, as it is hard to envision him debuting as anything more than a utility infielder with Cleveland. He is already on the 40-man roster, but Martinez is entering his age-21 season, so there is time for him to build upon the .207 ISO he posted in a small sample at Double-A. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year contract with the Guardians in March of 2023.
Optioned to Double-A
SSCleveland Guardians  AA
March 14, 2023
Martinez was optioned to Double-A Akron by the Guardians on Tuesday, Mandy Bell of reports.
Martinez just turned 21 in January, so he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. He's shown well in spring training, though, collecting an .825 OPS with one homer and one steal.
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
The top data point for Martinez is still the impressive 56-game run he had in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. However, reports from the fall instructional league were positive and it seems like this could be a prospect with few flaws. The switch-hitting shortstop walked as much as he struck out in the DSL, showing a strong hit tool and plus speed on the bases. He is well built and athletic, so he won't get the bat knocked out of his hands in the upper levels, yet his speed should age well. We have yet to see the 6-foot Martinez tap into notable over-the-fence power, but he could start showing double-digit homer pop by the time he gets to Double-A or Triple-A. If everything breaks right, Martinez could play every day up the middle while batting first or second in Cleveland's lineup. He is three-plus years away from the majors.
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Shielded from Rule 5 draft
SSCleveland Guardians  AA
November 15, 2022
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Headed to Double-A as 20-year-old
SSCleveland Guardians  AA
August 20, 2022
Martinez was promoted to Double-A Akron on Saturday, Guardians Baseball Insider reports.
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Back from injury
SSCleveland Guardians  AA
July 27, 2022
Martinez (shoulder) was activated from the 7-day injured list at High-A Lake County on Wednesday.
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Out with shoulder strain
SSCleveland Guardians  AA
July 22, 2022
Martinez was placed on the 7-day injured list at High-A Lake County on Friday with a strained left shoulder.
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Showing well stateside
SSCleveland Guardians  AA
August 10, 2021
Martinez is hitting .261/.333/.420 with five homers, 10 steals and 28:57 BB:K across 68 games for Low-A Lynchburg.
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