Player Name: Victor Martinez
Team: Detroit Tigers
Position: Designated hitter
Born: December 23, 1978 in Ciudad Bolvar, Venezuela
Turned Pro: 2002
Martinez was signed by the Indians as an amateur free agent in 1996. He was named the Indians 2001 and 2002 Minor League Player of the Year (receiving the "Lou Boudreau Award"). After a pair of minor league MVP awards and batting titles in 2001 and 2002, he made his debut with Cleveland as a September call-up on September 10, 2002.
On July 5, 2009, Martinez was selected to represent Cleveland in the 2009 All Star Game.
On November 23, 2010, Martinez and the Tigers organization reached an agreement on a four-year $50 million contract. On March 31, 2011, Martinez made his debut for the Tigers as a designated hitter against the New York Yankees. Martinez was the full time designated hitter for the season, spending very few games at catcher. He had a slow start to the season, batting .250 in the month of April with two home runs, but batted .337 in March, and .370 in June. Although his power numbers were down, with only 12 home runs all season, he posted his second best career batting average, batting .330, good for fourth best in the American League. He also led all of the Major League in batting average with runners in scoring position, with a .394.
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