After being removed from the 40-man roster during the offseason, outfielder J.D. Martinez was given his release by the Astros this morning. The news comes from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Martinez posted some impressive numbers as a prospect in the minors and held his own in the big leagues initially, but he hasn’t enjoyed much success since the early part of the 2012 season. The 26-year-old actually led the Astros with 55 RBI in 2012, but this was more of a statement of how awful the team was than anything else. He hit just .250/.272/.378 with seven home runs and an ugly 82/10 K/BB ratio over 86 games with Houston last season and missed quite a bit of time with a wrist injury.
That Martinez passed through waivers unclaimed in November shows how far he has fallen, but he’ll surely get an opportunity elsewhere soon. However, he’ll have to earn his way back on the major league radar.