Acquired: Via trade from the Kansas City Royals for cash on May 25, 2016 (STL). Originally signed by the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent (Venezuela) February 16, 2006.
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: .278 with 11 homers, 60 RBIs and 11 steals in 124 games between Omaha (Triple-A/Royals) and Memphis (Triple-A/Cardinals), adding 28 doubles.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Memphis on September 6.
MLB Debut Date: 9/6/2016
|September 6, in a 9-7 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pinch-hitting for pitcher Zach Duke with one out in the seventh inning, he grounded out to third base.|
|Now in his 11th professional season, Martinez brings a career .294 average in affiliated ball into his long-awaited MLB debut – he also saw time in the independent leagues briefly, playing for Rockford of the Frontier League for the first month of 2014. Martinez has been a solid hitter everywhere he’s gone but his most impressive accomplishment came in his 10th season when he set a modern-day Pacific Coast League record when he hit .384 in 98 games at Omaha, the highest average in a league known for good averages in almost 70 years. He added 10 homers, 60 RBIs and 25 doubles for a .461 OBP and .563 SLG in that span. Martinez had signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent that previous winter, after seeing time with the Braves and White Sox over the prior decade. He becomes the third player named Jose Martinez to play in the majors.|