Full name MICHAEL GABRIEL MARTÍNEZ...Is a 2001 graduate of San Lorenzo High School in the Dominican Republic...On Twitter @Pelucita19...Attended San Lorenzo de Los Minas.Plays soccer and basketball…Most unforgettable moment in his life was playing in the 2016 World Series…Favorite player as a kid was Rey Ordoñez on the NY Mets.
Split season between Cleveland and Tampa Bay organizations, spending the first two and a half months of the season at the Major League level before ending the season in Triple-A Columbus...With Cleveland he appeared in 6 games at third base, 3 games at second and 2 games in center field (1G at SS)...Also made his Major League pitching debut with a scoreless inning on April 13 vs. Chicago-AL..Designated for assignment on May 14 and acquired by Tampa Bay four days later...With the Rays he appeared in 8 games at second base, 3 games at third base, 1 game in left field and 1 game at DH...With Columbus he appeared at every position except first base, pitcher and catcher...He hit .314 (33/105) in August, .313 (26/83) with runners on base and .341 (15/44) with RISP...Also hit .300 (42/140) off right-handed pitching... Suffered torn left Achilles tendon during training exercises in the Dominican Republic in late January, undergoing surgery in Cleveland on Jan. 31 (rehab 6 months.)
Spent much of the season in a utility role with Cleveland around stints in AAA Columbus and with the Boston Red Sox in July...Began the season in AAA Columbus, batting .288 (30-104) with 8 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR and 12 RBI in 27 games (.351/.442/.793) and hit .341 (15-44) with runners on base...Defensively he has appeared in 14 games at second base, 6 games at shortstop, 5 games in center field and 1 game at third base for the Clippers...Was promoted to Cleveland on May 14 when Michael Brantley returned to the disabled list and spent the next six weeks on the Major League roster, hitting .283 (17-60) with 3 2B, 1 HR and 3 RBI (10RS) in 32 games while appearing at six different positions... Was a roster casualty of Cleveland's 19.0 inning game at Toronto on July 1 and was designated for assignment the next day to make room for bullpen reinforcements...Was acquired by the Boston Red Sox for cash on July 8 and spent nearly a month on Red Sox Major League roster before being designated on August 2 (and claimed two days later by Cleveland)...Appeared in 4 games with the Red Sox (1G SS, 2G/1GS in RF)...Spent the remainder of the season on Cleveland's Major League roster, hitting .171 (6-35) with 5 runs, 1 double and 1 RBI in 27 games in August and Sept./Oct....Overall with Cleveland he appeared in 21 games (7 starts) at second base, 11 games (3 starts) in center field, 9 games (1 start) in left field, 9 games (5 starts) in right field, 5 games (4 starts) at shortstop and 2 games (1 start) at third base...Lone home run of the season came on June 15 at Kansas City off Ian Kennedy...Was on all three Postseason rosters and appeared in 7 of the 15 games and made the last out of the World Series...Played in 16 games in the DWL for Estrellas after the season.
Spent most of the season in AAA Columbus, batting .289 (105-363) with 24 doubles, 5 triples, 5 home runs, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored (.344/.424/.768) in 102 games...At the time of his 9/4 promotion to Cleveland he ranked 11th in the International League in batting average (5th-highest in organization)...With Columbus, Martinez appeared in 66 games at second base, 19 games in center field, 13 games at shortstop, 4 games at third base and 3 games in right field...With Cleveland he made 7 starts (2 GS CF, 5 GS LF) and also appeared in 2 games in left and one game at third base...Played winter ball in the D.R. with Estrellas.
Spent most of the season in AAA Indianapolis in the Pirates system...Was with the Pirates at the Major League level over two stints (6/13; 7/6-8/17)...At Triple-A he appeared in 55 games at second base, 22 games at short, 13 games in center, 5 games at third base and 2 games in left field...At Triple-A he hit .299 (23-77) with RISP.
Spent majority of season with Lehigh Valley (Phillies' AAA), but also had four separate stints with Philadelphia...Made 13 appearances (five starts) in center field, three appearances (two starts) at shortstop, two appearances at third base, two in left field and one in right field for the Phillies...Was hitting .248 (28-for-113) after his first 33 Triple-A games before having contract selected on 5/24...Went 0-for-2 in three big league games from 5/25 to 6/1 and was optioned back to Lehigh Valley...Went 4-for-4 while hitting his first home run in his second game back with the IronPigs on 6/5 at Buffalo...Was recalled a second time by the Phillies on 6/13...Went 0-for-2 in three games before optioned to Triple-A on 6/21...Was designated for assignment on 6/22 and outrighted off the roster to Lehigh Valley on 6/24...Had contract selected by the Phillies on 7/24 and collected first hit of the year that night at St. Louis...Made first start with Philadelphia in center field on 7/27 and went hitless in three at bats...Pinch-ran and swiped lone base on 8/1 vs. San Francisco...Went 5-for-26 in third stint with Philadelphia before being optioned back to Lehigh Valley on 8/21...Was recalled a fourth and final time on 9/1...Went 2-for-10 in eight big league games during the month of September...Played winter ball in the D.R. and hit .217 (13-for-60) in 17 games with Estrellas.
Made 48 starts at 5 different positions: 24 at 3rd base, 8 at SS, 8 in CF, 7 at 2nd base and 1 in LF; batted .203, 3 HR, 21 RBI in his starts...Made his ML debut in a start (CF), 4/3 vs HOU, and collected his 1st hit and RBI (Enerio Del Rosario)...Had a career-high 4 hits, 7/10 vs ATL, becoming the 1st Phillies rookie to get 4 hits in a game since 7/27/07 (Michael Bourn)...Slugged his 1st ML home run, 7/17 at NYM (Mike Pelfrey)...His 15 RBI in July were 3rd-most among NL rookies that month behind Freddie Freeman and Jesus Guzman (both with 18)...Batted .296 (16-54), 2 HR, 15 RBI over a 14-game span, 7/4-24.
Split the season between Harrisburg (AA) andSyracuse (AAA) ... Set professional highs in hits (132), HR (11) and SB (35) ... Batted a combined .322 (39-121) with RISP ... Hit safely in his final 16 games of the season (with Syracuse) in which he had an at-bat (.418, 28-67, 3 HR,14 RBI) ... Appeared in 36 games in the OF for the 1st time in his professional career; played all 3 positions for both teams.
Began the season with Harrisburg ... Was transferred to Potomac (A) in mid-July ... Had 18 multi-hit games with Potomac ... Played winter ball for both Oriente of the Dominican Winter League (.330, 14 RBI, 32 G) and Obregon of the Mexican Winter League (.161, 4 RBI, 7 G).
Played for Potomac ... Batted .442 (23-52) over a 13-game span, 5/26-6/7, raising his average from .192 to .292 ... Went 8-for-15 (.533) with the bases loaded ... Played for Oriente after the season (.226, HR, 10 RBI, 42 G).
Spent the season with Hagerstown (A) ... Pitched in 2 games (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 2 BB) ... Appeared at 2nd base, 3rd base and SS.
Split the season between Savannah (A), Vermont (A)and Potomac ... Named to the midseason New York-Penn League All-Star team ... Finished 4th in AVG (.321) in the NYPL.
Began his pro career with the Nationals' DominicanSummer League team (R).