Ariel Martínez (baseball)

Ariel Martínez Marrero (born May 28, 1996) is a Cuban professional baseball catcher for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played in NPB for the Chunichi Dragons and the Cocodrilos de Matanzas in the Cuban National Series.

Ariel Martínez
Martinez with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2023
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters – No. 2
Catcher / Left Fielder
Born: (1996-05-28) May 28, 1996 (age 27)
Matanzas, Cuba
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
NPB debut
July 3, 2020, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2023 season)
Batting average.261
Home runs27
Runs batted in110
Career highlights and awards

Professional career edit

Chunichi Dragons edit

Martinez with the Chunichi Dragons in 2022

On March 14, 2018, Martínez signed with the Chunichi Dragons on a developmental contract.[1] He spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with Chunichi's farm team. On July 1, 2020, Martinez was given a full-time rostered deal and a new shirt number, 57.[2] Martínez notched 5 hits in 18 plate appearances for Chunichi in 2020.[3] The Cuban catcher Ariel Martinez shone again on Wednesday in Japanese baseball, when he hit a homer that led to the victory of the Chunichi Dragons over the Yakult Swallows. Playing left field, the versatile Martinez went 2-3, with a run scored and a walk, to leave his average at .333, and get the only run of the game, which ended 1-0 in favor of his team.[4] He became a free agent following the 2022 season.

Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters edit

On December 21, 2022, Martinez signed with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball.[5]

Personal life edit

Like most of the Cuban children from his generation, Ariel Martínez admires legendary Cuban catcher Ariel Pestano. One catcher that he likes to study and emulate his game off of is Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Pérez. He tries to watch film of him often and he definitely enjoys catching plenty of Kansas City Royals games on television when he can.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "【中日】イケメン助っ人捕手のA・マルティネス、ニックネームは「田舎者」" (in Japanese). 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  2. ^ "中日アリエル・マルティネス支配下契約へ キューバ出身24歳捕手「ドラゴンズに恩返しを」:中日スポーツ・東京中日スポーツ" [Chunichi's Ariel Martinez given full time-deal. The 24 y/o Cuban catcher says "I want to give back to the Dragons"]. 中日スポーツ・東京中日スポーツ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  3. ^ "Ariel Martínez Cuban, Independent & Japanese Leagues Statistics & History".
  4. ^ "Cuban Martinez shines again in Japanese baseball - Prensa Latina". 11 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Ariel "firma" con Luchadores y con el Clásico Mundial de Beisbol".
  6. ^ "NPB: Ariel Martínez, the next great Cuban catcher". 26 June 2020.

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