Back in December of last year, I wrote this on Russell Martin -
Know the last time Martin had a slugging percentage above .400? That would be 2007. Know the last time Martin had an Offensive Winning Percentage above .446? That would be 2008. Yeah, back in 2007-2008, Russell Martin was a pretty good, albeit not great, offensive player for a catcher. However, the last two seasons? Think: Francisco Cervelli, last season. Or, maybe a tick better than that…say…Rod Barajas circa 2008-2009 or John Buck circa 2007-2008.
So, how is Russell Martin doing this year? His BA/OBA/SLG line is .225/.324/.366 (in 276 PA).
Martin is a very nice guy. And, he’s not bad behind the dish. But, as a hitter? He’s just terrible.
The Dodger knew what they were doing when they let this guy walk. He’d be an excellent back-up catcher. But, his bat is so weak…he has no business being an everday player.
If the Yankees can afford to carry a stick that bad behind the dish, they might as well call up Austin Romine and let him play everyday in the majors.
Again, no knock on Martin the man. He’s a very pleasant person, works hard, etc. But, for the last 3 years, his stick has been MIA and it doesn’t seem to be coming back any time soon.