Martín (mar-TEEN) Valdes Maldonado...On Twitter: @Machete1224 ... Played for Puerto Rico during the 2013 World Baseball Classic ... Graduated from Dr. Juan J. Nunez High School in Puerto Rico ... In January of 2013 and 2014 hosted a carnival for kids on Three Kings Day in Naguabo, PR...Hosted over 250 children in 2013 and 300 in 2014 ... During the 2005 off season, took several barber classes and practiced in his brother's barber shop ... Originally signed by Angels scout Arnold Cochrane.
In seventh Major League season and first with the Angels, set new career highs in hits, runs, doubles, home runs, RBI and games played ... Led the Majors in games caught (137 G)...The 137 games were tied for seventh in franchise history and most since Bob Boone's 144 in 1986 ... 95 hits and 14 home runs both marked the most by an Angels catcher since Mike Napoli's 104 H/14 HR in 2009 ... Won first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award...Joined Bob Boone (1982, 1986, 1987 & 1988) and Bengie Molina (2002 & 2003) as the only players in franchise history to win the award as a catcher...Also named Wilson's Defensive Player of the Year at catcher...Defensively, led American League backstops with a .998 fielding percentage, a 38.7 caught stealing percentage (min. 100 G) and was tied for the lead with 22 catcher caught stealing (Yan Gomes)...The .998 fielding percentage was the second-best mark by a Halo catcher in franchise history (Bengie Molina, .999 in 2002) while his 38.7% caught stealing was the best showing by a Halo backstop since Bengie Molina in 2003 (44.4%) ... Finished second in the American League with 19 hit by pitch...Second-most HBP by an A.L. catcher since 1974, trailing only Jason Kendall's 20 HBP with the A's in 2005.
In sixth season with the Brewers, ti ed a career high with eight home runs and set new career highs in walks (35) and OBP (.332)...Threw out 34.8% of would-be base stealers (16 CS/46 SBA), which was good for second in the Nati onal League (min. 500 inn.) and sixth overall in the Majors...Milwaukee pitchers fashioned a 3.91 ERA (559 IP - 243 ER) with him behind the plate, good for seventh in the N.L., compared to a 4.18 ERA (875.1 IP - 407 ER) with all other Brewer backstops.
Batted .210 with 4 HR and 22 RBI in 79 games…Made 66 starts, all at catcher.....the team went 25-41 in his starts behind the plate…The team posted a 4.03 ERA when he caught (602.2ip, 270er).....overall team ERA was 4.28…Threw out 17 of 46 runners attempting to steal (37%), including 6 of his last 10 (60%)…Started 33 of 38 games from 4/21-5/31 while Jonathan Lucroy was on the disabled list…Started 19 of the team's last 24 games as Jonathan Lucroy recovered from a concussion…Produced a walk-off RBI-single in the 11th inning of the 3-2 Mother's Day victory on 5/10 vs. Chicago-NL.....his mother, Jeanette, was in attendance (see photo below) as he went 3-for-5 with a run, home run and 2 RBI in the contest…Belted his first career walk-off homer with a solo shot off Vidal Nuño on 5/31 vs. Arizona to give the team a 7-6, 17-inning win.....notched a career-high 3 runs in that contest and tied his career high with 4 hits (4-for-6, 3r, 2 doubles, HR, 2rbi, 2bb-1ibb).....became the first player in Major League history to hit a walk-off homer while playing an entire game of at least 17 innings at catcher.....tied the latest walk-off homer in franchise history (Dave May, 5/15/73 vs. Cle)…Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Batted .234 with four HR and 16 RBI in 52 games...Made 30 starts (29g at C, 1g at 1B).....the team went 18-11 in his starts behind the plate...The team posted a 3.77 ERA when he caught (274.1ip, 115er)...Threw out 5 of 18 runners attempting to steal (27.8%)...Served a 5-game suspension from 4/22-4/27 for punching Travis Snider on 4/20 at Pittsburgh...Pitched the eighth inning of a 9-3 loss on 4/30 at St. Louis (1ip, 1h).....became the first Brewers position player to pitch since Joe Inglett on 7/27/10 vs. Cincinnati...Tied his career high with 4 RBI in a 5-0 win on 7/30 at Tampa Bay...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League...Signed a 2-year contract on 1/15/15, avoiding arbitration
In his first full season in the Major Leagues batted .169 with 4 HR and 22 RBI in 67 games...Made his first career Opening Day roster...Made 47 starts (40g at C, 7g at 1B)...The team posted a 3.17 ERA when he caught (366.2ip, 129er).....overall team ERA was 3.84...Threw out 8 of 27 runners attempting to steal (29.6%)...Represented Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic (5g, 0-for-9, 2bb)...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League and batted .271 with 1 HR and 11 RBI in 28 games.
Began the year at Triple-A Nashville, where he batted .198 with 4 HR and 13 RBI in 35 games. Was recalled by Milwaukee on 5/29, taking the roster spot of catcher Jonathan Lucroy (DL). Appeared in 78 games with the Brewers, including 58 starts at catcher ... the team was 10 games over .500 when he started (34-24, .586). The team had a 3.87 ERA when he caught (537.1ip, 231er). Threw out 12 of 44 runners attempting to steal (27.3%). Made his ﬁrst Major League start on 5/29 at Los Angeles and notched his ﬁrst big league hit with a single off Nathan Eovaldi ... he and Mike Fiers became the ﬁrst catcher/pitcher combo in franchise history to each make their ﬁrst Major League starts in the same game (won, 2-1). Recorded his ﬁrst Major League homer on 6/3 vs. Pittsburgh with a solo shot off Juan Cruz. Hit a 2-run homer in the top of the ninth inning on 6/15 at Minnesota off Matt Capps to snap a 3-3 tie and give the Brewers a 5-3 win. Produced a career-high 4 hits in the 10-7 win on 7/13 vs. Pittsburgh, going 4-for-5 with a run and his ﬁrst career stolen base. Belted his ﬁrst career grand slam on 10/2 vs. San Diego off Anthony Bass ... the home run provided the only runs in a 4-3 victory. Was selected to the Team Puerto Rico provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
Batted .287 with 11 HR and 59 RBI in 103 games between Double-A Huntsville (64g) andTriple-A Nashville (39g).....set career bests in nearly every offensive category ... Was named Brewers Minor League Co-Player of the Month for August (.351, 8hr, 20rbi) ... Was recalled by Milwaukee on 9/1 ... Appeared in 3 games with the Brewers, all off the bench ... Made his Major League debut on 9/3 at Houston as he caught the ninth inning ... His only plate appearance with the Brewers came as a pinch hitter on 9/17 at Cincinnati ... Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League and batted .271with 4 HR and 15 RBI in 35 games ... Was named best defensive catcher in the Brewers organization according to Baseball Americafor the second straight season
Split the year between Class-A Brevard County (10g), Double-A Huntsville (34g) and Triple-ANashville (52g) and batted .239 with 9 HR and 41 RBI in 96 games...Named best defensive catcher in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League
Split the year between Triple-A Nashville (7g), Class-A Wisconsin (7g) and Class-A BrevardCounty (81g) and batted .201 with 2 HR and 26 RBI in 95 games...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League
Batted .229 with 2 HR and 17 RBI in 65 games between Class-A Brevard County (34g) andDouble-A Huntsville (31g)...Following the season played for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League
Was released by LA of Anaheim on 1/10 and signed with Milwaukee on 1/24...Batted .221 with 2 HR and 22 RBI in 66 games at Class-A West Virginia