In short, the former All-Star catcher has the worst average on the team and is still getting on base at a better rate than Nick Swisher (.321 OBP) and Mark Teixeira (.290 OBP), and is almost on par with sluggers Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson. Everyone knows that Cano does not draw many walks and needs to keep his average up in order to maintain a respectable on base percentage, and he is doing so by batting .302, yet his OBP is only 18 points better than Martin‘s. As for Granderson, he is a home run hitter with 13 homers already this season, but is only getting on base at a .339 clip.
One of Martin’s main problems is that he is only making contact on 77.5% of his swings compared to the league average of 81%, and Martin’s career average of 82.4%. Ultimately if Martin continues to see the same amount of pitches and maintains his discipline at the plate, things should start to turn around for him. In the meantime, as long as he still calls a good game and can get on base Martin should be able to ride out his hitting woes.