Full name is Julio Daniel Martinez. Signed by Greg Brown (Astros). Graduated from Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, FL...Won consecutive state titles in 2005-06...Selected by MIN in the 36th round of the 2006 June Draft (did not sign). Attended Nova Southeastern University in FL...As a junior in 2009, hit .428 with 15 HR and 57 RBI while setting the school's single-season record with 73 runs.
In only 119 games, hit .303 (131-for-432) and set career highs with 45 HR, 104 RBI, and a 1.066 OPS between DET and ARI (traded to ARI on 7/18)...Also matched career bests in triples (3) and BB (53). Among players with at least 300 AB, led the majors in SLG (.690), AB/HR (9.60), and AB/RBI (4.15)...Averaged 1 HR every 8.00 AB with ARI. His .690 SLG was .059 higher than the majors' next highest mark (Stanton-.631) (min. 300 AB). His 45 HR ranked 3rd in the majors behind Giancarlo Stanton (59) and Aaron Judge (52). Earned Player of the Week honors 4 times (5/15-21, 7/10-16, 9/4-10, and 9/11-17)...Became the 1st player to claim 4 weekly honors in a single season since the award's inception in 1973 (1975 for AL). Hit .376/.464/.892 vs. LHP (35-for-93, 10 2B, 12 HR). Batted .317 (39-for-123) with RISP...Hit .409 (18-for-44) with 5 HR vs. AL East teams. Had 6 multi-homer games, including 2 with DET (5/13 at LAA and 5/16 vs. BAL) and 4 with ARI (7/26 vs. ATL, 8/27 vs. SF, 9/4 at LAD, and 9/10 vs. SD). Recorded 4 games with at least 5 RBI (2 with DET and 2 with ARI), tied with Daniel Murphy for most in the majors...Is the only player ever with 5+ RBI in more than 1 game for multiple teams in a season (source: Elias). Hit 3 grand slams, 1 of only 5 players in the majors to reach that mark. Hit 1 grand slam for DET (5/16 vs. BAL) and 2 for ARI (7/27 at STL and 9/26 vs. SF)...Became the 4th player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in both the AL and NL in the same season (see table on next page). Became the 5th player in MLB history to hit 40+ combined HR with multiple teams in a single season (also Adam Dunn in 2008, David Justice in 2000, Mark McGwire in 1997, and Greg Vaughn in 1996). Is 1 of 4 players all-time to record 40+ HR in 120 games or fewer, joining Ken Griffey Jr. in 1994 (40 HR in 111 G), Matt Williams in 1994 (43 HR in 112 G), and Hank Aaron in 1973 (40 HR in 120 G). Was also the 1st player with 100+ RBI in 120 games or fewer since Carlos Lee in 2008 (100 RBI in 115 G). In 62 games for ARI, had 29 HR and 65 RBI...Was the 1st player since HOU's Carlos Beltrán (23) and NYM's Richard Hidalgo (21) in 2004 to hit 20+ HR for a club after switching teams midseason (source: STATS LLC). His 29 homers with the D-backs during the 2nd half of the season were the most in franchise history, surpassing Luis Gonzalez's 22 in 2001. His 31 HR after the All-Star break were the 4th most in MLB since 2000 behind Sammy Sosa in 2001 (35), Barry Bonds in 2001 (34), and Giancarlo Stanton in 2017 (33). Had 72 RBI during the 2nd half of the season, the most in the majors since Chase Headley had 73 in 2012...Began the season on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot... Suffered the injury while making a running catch in a spring training game on 3/18 vs. MIA... Activated from the DL on 5/12...From that point through the date he was traded to ARI (7/18), ranked among AL leaders (min. 150 PA) in SLG (2nd, .630), OPS (5th, 1.018), HR (T-7th, 16), and RBI (T-11th, 39)...Batted .305 (61-for-200) in 57 games with DET...Hit 6 HR in his first 8 games of the season, hitting 2 HR on 5/13 at LAA and on 5/16 vs. BAL...Acquired by ARI on 7/18 in exchange for INFs Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King...Recorded 29 HR and 65 RBI in only 62 games with ARI...From 7/19-his first game with Arizona-through the end of the season, his 29 HR ranked 2nd in MLB. Was the 2nd-fastest player all-time to reach 20 HR with a new team (45th game), behind only McGwire (42 with STL in 1997). Removed from his D-backs debut on 7/19 at CIN after being hit by a pitch and suffering a left hand contusion. His 1st hit as a D-back was a 3-run HR on 7/24 vs. ATL. Hit 4 HR on 9/4 at LAD (see box below)...Named National League Player of the Month for September after batting .404 (40-for-99) and setting Diamondbacks franchise records for most HR (16) and RBI (36) in any calendar month. Tied the NL record for most HR in a September (also Ralph Kiner, 1949), falling 1 shy of the ML record held by Babe Ruth (1927) and Albert Belle (1995). His 36 RBI were tied with CHC's Hank Leiber (1939) for 2nd most in the NL in a September, trailing only Troy Tulowitzki's 40 RBI with COL in September 2011. POSTSEASON: Appeared in each of ARI's 4 postseason games, going 3-for-4 with a HR in Game 1 of the NLDS at LAD.
Finished the 2016 season with 22 homers, marking the third straight season he has hit 20-or-more homers...Ranked seventh in the American League with a .373 on-base percentage and a .535 slugging percentage, while he was eighth with a .307 batting average...Posted his second career four-hit game on April 12 vs. Pittsburgh (other, May 30, 2013 at Colorado)...Recorded his first career game with three doubles on June 14 at Chicago (AL) -- marked the first three-double game by a Tigers player since Miguel Cabrera on August 21, 2015 vs. Texas...Sidelined from June 17-August 3 with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck at the right elbow...Began an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Toledo on July 26 -- played in eight games with the Mud Hens and hit .278 (10x36) with three runs scored, three doubles and five RBI...Activated from the 15-day disabled list on August 3 -- hit the first pitch he saw in the eighth inning for a pinch hit goahead home run off of Chris Sale…was the second pinch hit homer of his career (other, May 19, 2014 at Cleveland)...Belted the 100th home run of his major league career in the seventh inning on August 14 at Texas, hitting a two-run shot off of A.J. Griffin...Hit safely in 14 straight games from August 9-24 -- batted .448 (26x58) with 13 runs scored, four doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI during the streak, which tied a career high...Named the Tigers Player of the Month for August after hitting .404 (42x104) with 21 runs scored, 11 doubles, seven home runs and 15 RBI -- tied for the AL lead with 11 doubles in August, while he ranked second with a .404 batting average, tied for second with 42 hits and third with a .446 on-base percentage and a .712 slugging percentage…his .404 batting average was the highest by a Tiger in the month of August since Alan Trammell hit .405 in August, 1993...Hit .307 (104x339) against righthanded pitchers, which ranked 10th in the American League…batted .306 (37x121) vs. lefties...Led the AL with a .362 (81x224) home batting average…posted a .254 (60x236) batting average on the road...Compiled a .286 (72x252) batting average with 36 runs scored, 19 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 65 games prior to the All-Star break…batted .332 (69x208) with 33 runs scored, 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 29 RBI following the All-Star break.
Finished his first full season with the Tigers in 2015 and established career highs in games played (158), at-bats (596), runs scored (93), hits (168), doubles (33), home runs (38), RBI (102) and walks (53). Selected to the American League All-Star Team for the first time in his career. Won his first career Silver Slugger Award. Named Tiger of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Was one of three finalists for the American League Gold Glove as an outfielder after finishing the season with a .993 fielding percentage (282TC/2E). Finished the season with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs -- became the seventh player in Tigers history to hit 38-or-more home runs and drive in 100-or-more runs in a season, joining Miguel Cabrera (2010, 2012, 2013), Norm Cash (1961), Rocky Colavito (1961), Cecil Fielder (1990, 1991), Hank Greenberg (1937, 1938, 1940, 1946) and Dean Palmer (1999). Drove in 100 runs for the first time in his career -- became the first Tigers outfielder to record 100-or-more RBI in a season since Magglio Ordonez had 103 RBI in 2008. Ranked tied for third in the American League with 15 outfield assists, while he was fifth with 319 total bases and 73 extra-base hits, seventh with 102 RBI and eighth with 38 home runs and a .535 slugging percentage. Hit his first career Opening Day home run on April 6 vs. Minnesota, a solo home run in the second inning off Phil Hughes. Drew a career-high three walks on May 6 at Chicago White Sox. Had a season-best, 11-game hitting streak from May 9-20, batting .410 (16-for-39) with seven runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and three RBI during the stretch. Homered in three straight games three times during the season (June 13-15, June 24-26, July 4-6). Recorded the first multi-home run game of his career on June 21 at New York Yankees, hitting three home runs in the win -- became the first visiting player to hit three home runs at Yankee Stadium and the first Tiger to hit three homers vs. the Yankees since Charlie Maxwell on May 3, 1959 at Briggs Stadium...also established a career high with six RBI. Reached base safely in a career-best 19 straight games from June 4-26 -- during the 19-game stretch, he hit .320 (24-for-75) with 14 runs scored, three doubles, 10 home runs and 24 RBI. Named Tigers Player of the Month for June after batting .290 (27-for-93) with 16 runs scored, three doubles, 11 home runs and 26 RBI -- tied for the American League lead in RBI, while he was second in home runs...his 11 home runs in June were tied for the third most in club history and were the most since Mickey Tettleton hit 11 in June, 1993. • Selected American League Player of the Week for the week ending July 5 after hitting .458 (11-for-24) with six runs scored, a double, four home runs and 10 RBI in six games -- marked his second career player of the week honor. Hit 15 home runs and drove in 35 runs over 24 games from June 7-July 6 -- became the first Tiger to put together a 24-game stretch as such since Hank Greenberg from September 4-29, 1946, when he hit 15 home runs and had 36 RBI. Recorded 25 home runs prior to the All-Star break, which ranked tied for the third most in franchise history. Named Tigers Player of the Month for July after hitting .320 (33-for-103) with 21 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 20 RBIs -- finished tied for second in the American League in runs scored during July, while he was tied for fourth in home runs and tied for seventh in RBI. Finished the series in Baltimore from July 30-August 2 with eight RBIs...according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the eight RBsI were the most by a Tigers player in one series at Baltimore since 1986, when Kirk Gibson had nine RBI in a threegame set at Memorial Stadium. Posted a .298 (28-for-94) batting average with 10 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, six home runs and 19 RBI in August. • Hit .265 (31-for-117) against lefthanders...batted .286 (137-for-479) vs. righthanded pitchers. Posted a .282 (84-for-298) batting average at Comerica Park...hit .282 (84x298) on the road. Hit .289 (95-for-329) with 57 runs scored, 16 doubles, 25 home runs and 59 RBIs before the All-Star break...hit .273 (73-for-267) with 36 runs scored, 17 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 43 RBIs following the All-Star break.
Established career highs in games played (123), runs (57), hits (139), doubles (30), home runs (23) and RBI (76) as he completed his first season with the Tigers in 2014...Tied for first in the American League with seven home runs in "close and late" situations, while he was second with 13 home runs in the seventh inning-or-later...Opened the spring season in the Houston Astros organization before being released on March 22 -- signed by the Tigers as a minor league free agent on March 24 and assigned to Triple A Toledo to begin the season...Batted .308 (20x65) with 16 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 22 RBI with the Mud Hens before having his contract purchased from Toledo by the Tigers on April 21...Tabbed the International League Player of the Week for the week ending April 21...Hit his first career pinch hit home run in the ninth inning on May 19 at Cleveland...Hit the game-winning sacrifice fly on June 15 versus Minnesota -- the first game-ending hit or sacrifice fly of his career...Blasted his second career grand slam on June 16 versus Kansas City -- equaled a career-high with four RBI that same game... matched the high with four RBI on September 12 versus Cleveland...Posted a season-high three hits June 17 vs. Kansas City -- equaled the high 11 other times during the season...Hit a home run in a career-best three straight games June 18-20...Selected the American League Player of the Week for the week ending June 22 -- batted .444 (12x27) with six runs scored, three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in six games during the week...Compiled a career-high 14-game hitting streak June 9-25 -- batted .411 (23x56) with nine runs scored, eight doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI during the streak...Reached base safely in 28 consecutive games June 9-July 10...Hit a home run in back-to-back games June 24-25, July 5-6, and September 1-2...Named the Tigers Player of the Month for June after batting .345 (29x84) with 12 runs scored, nine doubles, seven home runs and 21 RBI in 22 games during June -- tied for third in the American League with seven home runs while he was tied for fourth with 22 RBI during the month...Hit .345 (30x87) with 14 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, five home runs and 15 RBI in 24 games during July..Ranked seventh in the American League with a .354 (34x96) batting average during September, while he was tied for third with six home runs and tied for 10th with 17 RBI during the month...Ranked fourth among all players (min 100 AB) with a .359 (84x234) batting average against opponents from the American League Central Division...Batted .307 (35x114) with nine home runs and 27 RBI against lefthanded pitching...hit .318 (104x327) with 14 home runs and 49 RBI with righties on the mound...Hit .304 (63x207) with eight doubles, 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 61 games at home...batted .325 (76x234) with 22 doubles, 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 62 games on the road...Posted a .346 (65x188) batting average prior to the All-Star break...hit .292 (74x253) following the break...Appeared in all three games for the Tigers during the ALDS -- hit a home run in his first postseason at bat, joining Mickey Lolich as the only two Tigers in franchise history to accomplish the feat...Became the only player in franchise history to hit a home run in each of their first two postseason games, and just the 15th player in major league history to do so.
26-year-old outfielder played in 86 games in what was his third Major League season...missed over a month of the season due to a left wrist injury...hit well in 42 road games (.298 AVG)...did not make the club out of Spring Training and was optioned to minor league camp...was recalled to Houston prior to Opening Day on March 30 to replace the injured Fernando Martinez...was placed on the 15-day DL on April 20 with a right knee sprain...missed 16 games and was activated from the DL on May 6...placed on the 15-day DL on July 27 with a left wrist sprain and was not activated until Sept. 13 (missed 44 games)...sustained the injury while sliding into second base...had a career-high four hits on May 30 at COL...was one of four Astros to record an RBI in four straight games...did so from July 5-10...played in five games with Double A Corpus Christi from April 30-May 5 as part of a rehab stint...hit .300 (6x20) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI.
Led the club with 55 RBI in the second extended MLB action of his career...ranked tied for third on theclub with 40 walks and third with 11 home runs (all of which came in the first half )...ranked tied for third inthe NL among left fielders with nine outfield assists in just 97 starts at the position...began the season as theeveryday LF before getting optioned to Triple A on Aug. 7...recalled on Sept. 4...had surgery on Sept. 26 toremove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand...started the season with a nine-game hitting streakfrom April 6-15 where he hit .371 (13x35) with three homers and 10 RBI...was the longest hitting streak by anAstro to begin a season since Craig Biggio also had a nine-gamer to open the 2005 season (April 5-15, 2005)...ranked third in the NL in walks (18), tied for fourth in RBI (20) and tied for fifth in on-base percentage (.414.)from April 6-May 2...the Miami native hit the first regular season home run at Marlins Park in Miami on April13...belted his first career grand slam against LHP Barry Zito on June 14 at SF...in 15 games from June 16-July2, hit .308 (16x52) with four doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a .915 OPS (.357 OBP/.558 SLG)...hit the threehomers over a four-game span from June 23-26...did not make an error in his first 74 games in the outfield in2012...had a 101-game errorless streak, spanning two seasons from Sept. 3, 2011-July 18, 2012...recorded ahit in seven of his 12 games (.303, 10x33) after his final recall from Triple A on Sept. 4...hit .233 (21x90) withsix doubles and four RBI in 23 games with Triple A OKC.
Started 52 of the final 55 games of the season after having his contract purchased from Double A on July 29...started 51 gamesin LF and 1 in RF...had 107 RBI combined at the Major League and minor league levels (141 gms)...his 35 RBI after his MLB debut onJuly 30 were tops on the club, T-13th in the NL and led all NL rookies in that span...his 28 RBI in August ranked second in the NL andfourth in MLB...the 28 RBI were the most for any Astros rookie in any calendar month, besting Chris Truby's previous record of 27 inSept. 2000, and were tied for the third-most in the month of August among all Astros in franchise history...hit his first career MLBhome run on Aug. 3 vs. CIN, a two-run HR that was part of a 3x4, four-RBI game...also had a four-RBI game on Aug. 20 vs. SF...is oneof nine Astros in franchise history to post multiple games of at least four RBI during their rookie season...made his Major Leaguedebut on July 30 as a PH and hit an RBI-double...at the time his contract was purchased by HOU, ranked second in the Texas League inbatting (.338), T-fifth in RBI (72), fifth in OBP (.414) and seventh in slugging pct. (.546)...was a Texas League All-Star selection in 2011...named TL Player of the Month for July after hitting .380 with seven HR and 16 RBI.
Named the Astros Minor League Player of the Yearafter hitting a combined .341 (183x537) with 40 doubles,18 homers and 89 RBI with Class A Lexington and DoubleA Corpus Christi...before being promoted to Corpus Christion July 16, posted a .362 (126x348) average with 15 homersand 64 RBI in 88 games for Lexington...his performance, ina little over half the season with Lexington, earned him theSouth Atlantic League's Most Valuable Player Award andthe SAL's Player of the Year Award...also named a Midseason and Postseason All-Star in the SAL...named the SAL's Best Hitting Prospect by Baseball America...named Lexington's OffensivePlayer of the Month in April and June, the Legends' Defensive Player of the Month in May, and the SAL's Player of the Week fromJuly 5-11...after his promotion to Corpus Christi, hit at a .302 clip (57x189) with three home runs and 25 RBI in 50 games...earnedthe Hooks' Offensive Player of the Month in August
Hit a combined .348 (92x264) with 12home runs and 56 RBI in 72 games with Rookie-level Greeneville and Class A Tri-City...after signing with Houston, assigned to Greeneville, where he hit .403 (31x77) with five home runs and 23 RBI in 19 games...promoted to Tri-City on July 12 and finishedhis campaign with a .326 (61x187) average, seven home runs and 33 RBI in 53 games for the ValleyCats...led the New York-PennLeague in batting average and OPS (.920)...named a NYPL All-Star, and also earned NYPL Player of the Week from July 27-Aug. 2.