Michael Martínez

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This article is about the professional baseball player. For the Texas politician, see Mike Martinez. For the Filipino figure skater, see Michael Christian Martinez. For other people named Michael Martinez or Mike Martinez, see Martínez (surname).
Michael Martínez
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Martínez with the Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 3
Infielder / Center fielder
Born: (1982-09-16) September 16, 1982 (age 31)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 3, 2011 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
(through June 23, 2014)
Batting average .185
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 34
Teams

Michael Gabriel Martínez Tiburcio (born September 16, 1982) is a professional baseball infielder and center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball.

Baseball career[edit]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Martínez began in the Washington Nationals organization, commencing his professional career in 2006. That year, he played for the Vermont Lake Monsters, Savannah Sand Gnats and Potomac Nationals, hitting a combined .265 with 11 stolen bases in 82 games. In 2007, he played for the Hagerstown Suns and hit .250 with 13 stolen bases in 116 games. He played for the Potomac Nationals and Harrisburg Senators in 2009, posting a .259 batting average with 10 steals. In 2010, he played for the Senators and Syracuse Chiefs, hitting a combined .272 with 11 home runs and 23 stolen bases.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

He was selected by the Phillies from the Nationals in 2011 as a Rule 5 Draft pick. He made the Phillies' Opening Day roster as a reserve player. He made his major league debut on April 3 against the Houston Astros and recorded his first major league hit and RBI. He hit his first major league career home run on July 17 against the New York Mets. He spent the season acting as a utility infielder and outfielder, recording a .196 batting average with 3 home runs and 24 RBI in 89 games. Due to his remaining on the club's roster for the entire regular season, he remained in the organization thereafter per Rule 5 regulations.

Martínez opened the 2012 year on the Disabled List due to a broken foot suffered during Spring Training.[1] He joined the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' AAA affiliate, in early June. After playing only one game with Lehigh Valley, Martínez returned to the Phillies' 25-man roster following an injury to second baseman Freddy Galvis. On June 27, Martinez was optioned to AAA to make room for Chase Utley. Martinez was called up again when Mike Fontenot was designated for assignment.

Martinez began 2013 in Triple-A, but his contract was purchased on May 24 because Chase Utley was placed on the 15-day DL. He was designated for assignment on June 22, and outrighted off the roster on October 3. He elected free agency on October 8. In 29 games for the Phillies in 2013, he hit .175 with 3 RBI. News broke that the Phillies re-signed him on October 18, but a Phillies official declared the signing was false and it is not listed on the Phillies' official list of transactions.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On December 18, 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Martinez to a minor league deal. His contract was selected from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on June 12.

Personal life[edit]

Martinez went to San Lorenzo High School and did not attend college. He was never drafted and originally wore number 19 when debuting with the Phillies in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Martinez suffers broken foot". Phillyburbs.com. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 

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