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Russell Martin (C)

Toronto Blue Jays - 88% owned

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Bats: R, Throws: R

Russell Martin finally showed flashes of his great 2014 season in Saturday's win over the Indians. The catcher went three-for-five with a solo home run and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Although Martin hasn't been able to hit for average, his OPS is currently sitting above .800 and he is third in the American league in RBIs for catchers with 15.

 

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Russell Martin goes 1-for-2 in win

Thu, Apr 30th 10:31pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin had a productive night at the plate Thursday, going 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored in their 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has now hit safely in 10 of their last 12 games, increasing his average to .197 for the season. Since being dropped to the sixth spot in the order, Martin is slashing .276/.488/.690 with three home runs, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored. The move in the lineup has clearly made a difference for the Jays catcher, and has put fantasy owners at ease since his disastrous start to the season.

 

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Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout in Tuesday nights win over the Boston Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has yet to really have a big game, however he has now hit safely in nine of their last 10 games, increasing his average to .190. Despite his average, Martin is still the fifth most productive catcher in standard league formats in a year where catchers are underperforming.

 

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Russell Martin doubles in loss

Tue, Apr 28th 1:11am EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 Monday, with a double, two RBI, and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Martin has now collected a hit in eight of the Jays last nine games, slowly raising his average to .182. He continues to swing the bet well, and it's evident he's seeing the ball better.

 

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Russell Martin homers in loss

Sat, Apr 25th 9:31pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin finished Saturday's game going 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored. Martin's home run was his third on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, which was quickly erased in the bottom of the eighth as the Jays' bullpen allowed three runs. Martin has now hit safely in six of the last seven games, with three home runs, seven RBI, and seven runs scored during that span. Martin is turning his slow start around, and beginning to look like top ten catcher he was ranked before the season.

 

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Russell Martin doubles in win

Fri, Apr 24th 12:34am EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 Thursday with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin in gradually raising his average one hit at a time. He is now hitting .159 with nine RBI and nine runs scored, and seems to be turning his season around. With the numerous injuries and lack of production from the catching position this season, Martin is starting to look like an attractive buy low candidate.

 

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Russell Martin finished Wednesday's game 1-for-3 with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Martin continues to put the ball in play which is a signal he's seeing the ball better. His average slowly continues to climb, as he is now hitting just .146 on the season.

 

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Russell Martin scores twice in win

Tue, Apr 21st 10:47pm EDT
By Marc Walton

Russell Martin went 0-for-3 Tuesday with two runs scored and two walks in their commanding win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Martin failed to record a hit Tuesday, however he is beginning to show signs of life over the last four games. After struggling 1-for-24 to start the season, Martin is 4-for-14 with five RBIs, five runs, and three walks over the last four contests. Martin has only struck out three times as well since beginning the season with 11. The signs are there that Martin is starting to turn things around, and beginning to see the ball better.

 

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Russell Martin went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in their 6-5 extra innings win over the Atlanta Braves Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: For the first time this season, Martin has collected a hit in back-to-back games. This was also the first time he has not struck out in back-to-back games as well. I would still like to see more consistency from Martin, however this is a step in the right direction, and he seems to be seeing the ball better as well.

 

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Russell Martin went 2-for-3 with two home runs, two RBIs, and two runs scored. He also added a walk in their 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Martin's two home runs tonight were his first hits since the Jays opened up against the New York Yankees on April 6th. The two home runs for Martin tonight were excellent for fantasy owners, however the more positive result was that he did not strikeout tonight. Hopefully this is a sign that Martin is seeing the ball better, still I would like to see a few more games before jumping back on the Martin fantasy wagon.

 

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Russell Martin finished Thursday's game 0-for-1 with two walks, a HBP, and a run scored. Martin also struck out once in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: The encouraging part is Martin reached base three times, however he failed to record a hit for the seventh straight game, and he struck out for the 11th time this year. Martin is just 1-for-24 this year, his only hit coming on opening day against the Yankees. Martin is quickly becoming expendable in deeper leagues, and can safely be dropped in shallower leagues with better options available at this point.

 

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Russell Martin had another dismal night at the plate Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on the night. Martin also committed his first error of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Martin's offensive struggles continue and his strikeouts continue to mount, adding two more to his total of 10 through seven games. He also committed a costly throwing error in the 8th inning attempting to throw out Steven Souza Jr. at second base. The throwing error moved Souza to third, who then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Desmond Jennings. It's a possibility that Martin could be pressing too much playing for his hometown team, regardless he continues to hurt owners who invested in him in their leagues draft. If he doesn't show signs of improvement, he may find himself losing games to Dioner Navarro.

 

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Russell Martin continued to struggle Monday night, going 0-for-3 in their 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Martin didn't strikeout against the Rays, which is at least some progress as he recorded eight strikeouts in the first five games. This hasn't been the homecoming Jays fans expected from the Toronto native. I still have top 10 expectations for Martin going forward this season.

 

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Russell Martin went 0-for-3 with a run, two walks, and two strikeouts Sunday as the Jays took the series rubber match 10-7 against the Baltimore Orioles. Martin was dropped in the lineup once again as he hit seventh in todays game.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin's struggles continued Sunday, adding two more strikeouts to his season total of eight. One of his strikeouts however could have gone either way as it looked to be high and inside. Still, the eight strikeouts in five games is cause for concern. I wouldn't be quick too drop Martin, as he is still looked at as a top 10 catcher this season in a loaded Blue Jays lineup, however I would continue to monitor his performance from here on out.

 

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Russell Martin finished 0-for-2 in Saturday's to the Baltimore Orioles with two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin continued to struggle Saturday as he was bumped to the sixth spot in the order behind Josh Donaldson. Martin's average drops to .077 on the year, however the more concerning statistic is his six strikeouts in four games. Martin struggled during Spring Training so he could still shaking off the rust. It's something to monitor as the season progresses, however I see better days ahead for the 32-year-old catcher.

 

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Russell Martin had a productive day going 1-for-4 with two RBIs, a walk, and a run scored in the 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Russell Martin's biggest strength is his ability to handle a pitching staff, which he did masterfully today helping the pitching staff limit the Yankees to one run on three hits. However it's his offensive production that fantasy owners look for and Martin didn't disappoint. Hitting second for the Jays, Martin will have opportunities to provide returns in the RBI category with Jose Reyes hitting in front of him. His power will also play well at the Rogers Centre, and with Jose Bautista providing protection in the lineup, he's going to see better pitches. Russell Martin will be a top 10 catcher in 2015.

 

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Toronto's big off season acquisition showcased both sides of his playing ability in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Rays. The catcher caught a combined shut out and added an opposite field solo home run to lift the Jays on top.

Fantasy Impact: Martin had one of his strongest offensive seasons last year putting up a solid .832 OPS paired with a 5.5 WAR. Moving to the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre could see those numbers improve even further if he can remain healthy and continue to produce.

 

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Martin caught two innings of RA Dickey's nastiest knuckleballs Friday and drew praise from Dickey, who felt Martin only dropped one ball that he may have caught with more experience. Martin dropped a total of six balls in the two innings of work, with only one drop coming with runners on base. Martin is also breaking in a new glove. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: If Martin doesn't have to sit when Dickey pitches, you won't lose his bat in your lineup every 5th game.

 

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