Martin Maldonado
Martin Maldonado
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Maldonado opened the 2018 season with the Angels before being traded to the Astros at the end of July with Los Angeles out of playoff contention. Overall it was another typical year for the veteran backstop, who provided elite defense behind the dish while struggling to produce on offense. After appearing in a career-high 137 games in 2017, Maldonado appeared in 119 contests in 2018, posting a combined .225/.276/.351 line with nine homers. His 2018 slash line was right in line with both his 2017 performance (.221/.276/.368) and his career slash line (.220/.289/.350), suggesting Maldonado's offensive production entering his age-32 season is unlikely to improve. That said, he was in the running to win a second consecutive American League Gold Glove, so Maldonado should see a sizable workload behind the plate after signing with Kansas City. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Royals in March of 2019. Contract includes $1.4 million in incentives.
Returns to lineup
CKansas City Royals
April 17, 2019
Maldonado (illness) is starting at catcher and hitting eighth Wednesday against the White Sox, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Maldonado is feeling better after missing Tuesday's game due to an illness. The backstop is hitting just .195/.298/.268 through 13 games this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
+38%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .628 271 26 4 21 0 .227 .297 .331
Since 2017vs Right .630 657 60 19 61 0 .218 .267 .363
2019vs Left .397 13 1 0 0 0 .167 .231 .167
2019vs Right .547 40 3 0 0 0 .176 .282 .265
2018vs Left .648 130 16 2 10 0 .233 .295 .353
2018vs Right .618 274 23 7 34 0 .222 .267 .350
2017vs Left .632 128 9 2 11 0 .228 .307 .325
2017vs Right .649 343 34 12 27 0 .219 .265 .384
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+120%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .583 466 38 7 29 0 .216 .275 .308
Since 2017Away .676 462 48 16 53 0 .225 .277 .399
2019Home .606 38 3 0 0 0 .219 .324 .281
2019Away .276 15 1 0 0 0 .071 .133 .143
2018Home .567 198 16 2 15 0 .221 .274 .293
2018Away .684 206 23 7 29 0 .229 .278 .406
2017Home .592 230 19 5 14 0 .211 .267 .325
2017Away .695 241 24 9 24 0 .232 .286 .409
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Stat Review
How does Martin Maldonado compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
15.1%
 
BABIP
.211
 
ISO
.065
 
AVG
.174
 
OBP
.269
 
SLG
.239
 
OPS
.508
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Maldonado's first season as a full-time starter went pretty much as expected; top-notch defense with inconsistent offense. After hitting a respectable .253/.313/.412 with nine homers in the first half of the season, he finished with a .221/.276/.368 line, dragged down by his second-half struggles (.183/.227/.312). The Angels attributed his drop-off to the increased workload, which is understandable given Maldonado led all catchers with 137 games caught despite having never played in more than 79 games in any season prior. However, the 31-year-old struggled to produce offensively even when his workload was reduced, hitting a combined .217/.299/.342 in five seasons (352 games) as the Brewers' backup. Still, he further solidified himself as one of the best defensive backstops in the game, earning his first American League Gold Glove, so he figures to reprise his role as the Angels' starting catcher in 2018.
Maldonado took over primary catching duties for the Brewers after they traded away Jonathan Lucroy, but he'll handle a new pitching staff in 2017 after getting traded to the Angels in December. Despite the extra opportunities, Maldonado showed little offensive upside last season. While he managed a career-best .332 on-base percentage thanks to a 13.8 percent walk rate, he still hasn't posted an OPS better than his .729 mark from his rookie year in 2012. Unless he shows signs of breaking that streak early in 2017, he's in danger of falling into a timeshare, though the Halos' willingness to part with Jett Bandy in order to get Maldonado could make him the bridge behind the plate until 2015 first-round pick Taylor Ward is deemed ready for the big leagues. Even with the potential for a full season as a starter in Anaheim, Maldonado's value is limited to deep leagues that require the use of two catchers.
Maldonado saw extended playing time this season due to some injury woes for regular starter Jonathan Lucroy, but Maldonado was largely unremarkable. In 79 games, the backstop slashed .210/.282/.293 with four homers and 22 RBI. His strong suits are his glove and game-calling ability, which bodes well for his chances to stay on the 25-man roster despite his hitting woes. However, as long as Lucroy stays healthy, Maldonado will probably remain a backup in 2016.
Maldonado worked as the backup behind starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy last season. Lucroy did not sit much, and Maldonado was limited to just 111 at-bats as a result, but he did post a respectable .707 OPS thanks to 11 walks and nine extra-base hits. Maldonado is a quality defensive catcher and under team control for several more years, so it would likely take an injury for him not to open next season as the Brewers’ backup catcher once again.
Maldonado is a valuable backup catcher thanks to his defense and game-calling abilities, but he struggled with the bat in 2013 while primarily seeing spot action with regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy healthy all season. Despite the struggles, Maldonado is young and cheap, so expect him to serve as the Brewers’ backup catcher again in 2014.
Known primarily as a defensive catcher and average prospect while in the minors, Maldonado rounded out his game last season in the most unlikely of places - Milwaukee. Maldonado filled in admirably in Jonathan Lucroy's absence and proved to be a more-than-capable backup catcher when Lucroy returned, finishing the season with a .266 batting average and eight home runs over 78 games. Maldonado will enter 2013 with the same backup job, but he will play more than your regular reserve catcher.
Maldonado is essentially the Brewers' third or fourth catcher, and will likely serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Nashville in 2012 with Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras in position to handle the big league staff.
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Scratched with Illness
CKansas City Royals
Illness
April 16, 2019
Maldonado was feeling sick pregame which caused him to be scratched from the lineup Tuesday against the White Sox, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.
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Late scratch Tuesday
CKansas City Royals
Undisclosed
April 16, 2019
Maldonado was scratched from the lineup for undisclosed reasons Tuesday against the White Sox, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
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Resting in series finale
CKansas City Royals
April 14, 2019
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians.
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Receives breather Wednesday
CKansas City Royals
April 10, 2019
Maldonado is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.
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Receives day off
CKansas City Royals
April 7, 2019
Maldonado is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star
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