Orelvis Martinez

21-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Toronto Blue Jays AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Orelvis Martinez in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2023.
Optioned to minor-league camp
3BToronto Blue Jays  AA
March 13, 2023
Martinez was optioned to minor-league camp by the Blue Jays on Monday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Martinez has impressive power in his right-handed bat but has struggled to hit for average thus far in the professional ranks. He batted .203 with a 28.6 percent strikeout rate for Double-A New Hampshire last season but also clubbed 30 home runs. If he can keep the contact issues in check, he has a chance to be a strong fantasy option in the coming years.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
For fantasy, Martinez may end up being a one-tool player, but it's a pretty special tool. He has huge power, particularly to the pull side, that he is already showing off regularly in games. It's rare for teenagers to hit 15-plus home runs against full-season pitching, and Martinez hit 28 in 98 games between Low-A and High-A as a 19-year-old. He swings at the pitches he should swing at, but he also swings at many pitches he shouldn't swing at (33.6% chase rate). It's too early to say with much confidence what type of batting averages and on-base percentages Martinez will log in the majors, but he seems unlikely to be a positive contributor in batting average, given his aggressive, pull-heavy approach and current issues making contact. His defensive home is also TBD, but third base is currently seen as his most likely landing spot. Expect 30-plus homer seasons and be happy if it comes with a .245 average.
The recipient of the largest bonus ($3.51 million) in the July 2, 2018 international signing class, Martinez enjoyed success at Toronto's alternate training site in September and had a strong run during the fall instructional league. He trained in the Dominican Republic for most of the summer and joined the rest of Toronto's top prospects for the final week of scrimmages at the alternate site, where he hit one homer. Martinez went on to homer four times in the first two weeks of instructs, setting the stage for his first full-season assignment in 2021. It's all about the bat with Martinez, who has enough arm for third base, but won't be a threat stealing bases and lacks the quick-twitch actions for shortstop. His plus power is not in question, but he is so good at making contact that he can be overly aggressive early in the count. Essentially, he needs to get better at waiting for his pitch.
Martinez was not considered the best prospect in the July 2, 2018 international signing class, but he received the largest signing bonus ($3.51 million). Toronto jumped him over the Dominican Summer League and sent him straight to the Gulf Coast League -- a rare assignment for a 17-year-old's pro debut. He proved to be up to the challenge, ranking ninth in the league in wRC+ (150) while demonstrating a good understanding of the strike zone (8.6 BB%, 17.8 K%). Six of his seven home runs came over his final 15 games. He has played shortstop but projects to end up at third base long term, as he should continue to fill out his 6-foot-1, 188-pound frame. Martinez won't contribute with his legs, but he could be a four-category force if he reaches his ceiling. He was way too pull-heavy (60.9 Pull%) in his debut, but that's the only clear flaw in the profile. Look for him to spend most of 2020 at Low-A.
Toronto coughed up $3.51 million to secure Martinez's rights -- the top signing bonus for international free agents who signed on July 2, 2018. He really impressed in instructs and now seems like the No. 2 dynasty-league target from that class, behind Marco Luciano of the Giants. It's easy to see why Martinez projects to offer plus power down the road -- the ball jumps off his bat and he is already very adept at lofting the ball. It is unclear how high his batting average will be, but it is possible he could also develop a plus hit tool. A shortstop from the Dominican Republic, Martinez is roughly 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and could end up growing into a prototypical third baseman's body. Martinez will not be a threat on the bases, so his fantasy value will be tied to his power and batting average. The Blue Jays' top 2017 international signee (Eric Pardinho) was aggressively assigned to the Appy League, and Martinez could follow suit if he impresses this spring.
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Shielded from Rule 5 draft
3BToronto Blue Jays  AA
November 15, 2022
Martinez was added to the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Goes yard twice Sunday
3BToronto Blue Jays  AA
July 25, 2022
Martinez went 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and an additional run scored for Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday.
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Lots of homers, whiffs in Double-A
3BToronto Blue Jays  AA
May 18, 2022
Martinez is hitting .231/.303/.574 with 11 homers and a 6:37 BB:K across 29 games for Double-A New Hampshire.
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Bound for Double-A
3BToronto Blue Jays  AA
April 3, 2022
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Sunday that Martinez will likely open the upcoming season at Double-A New Hampshire, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
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Reassigned to minor camp
3BToronto Blue Jays  AA
March 28, 2022
Martinez was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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