|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||510.00||11.00||.275||51.00||72.00||38.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Oakland||61||13||0|| .273|| .246|| .213|
|vs Gray (Career)||13||2||0|| .154||.313||.154|
|vs RHP||393||112||5|| .340|| .392|| .285|
|Last 10 Games|
Leonys Martin to play against left-handers
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(9/8/14) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin was in the lineup against left-hander James Paxton Sunday against the Mariners, and according to the Dallas Morning News, that'll be the norm for the rest of the season.
"I want to see Marty play," interim manager Tim Bogar, who took over for Ron Washington Friday, said. "I want to know that he's going to be our everyday center fielder next year."
Martin went 3 for 4 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored. He's now batting .230 against lefties compared to .295 against righties.
Four-hit game comes at opportune time for Leonys Martin
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(8/13/14) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin totaled a career-high four hits Tuesday against the Rays. The career night came at an opportune time as Martin was mired in a big-time slump, batting .111 (6 for 54) in his previous 16 games.
"I'm just trying to keep fighting every single at-bat," Martin said, per FOX Sports Southwest. "Sometimes I need to try and see as many pitches as I can to get on base. That's my job."
Rangers manager Ron Washington explained Martin's struggles are due to the fact he has been chasing bad pitches and pulling most of the pitches when he does make contact. He has become a predictable hitter.
"He's just got to make an adjustment, that's all," Washington said. "When you're young and inexperienced like Martin is, although he's been three and this is his fourth year, he's still inexperienced. The league makes adjustments. He's got to make adjustments. Marty's just slow in making adjustments. He's just got to make a little adjustment, swing at better pitches and don't try to do too much with the pitches that he's seen."
Leonys Martin goes deep again in loss
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(7/9/14) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin has tapped into some rare power recently, as he homered for the second time in three days Tuesday against the Astros.
Martin went 2 for 3 with a pair of extra-base hits Tuesday, including his fifth home run of the season in the second inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to finish the game with two RBI and one run scored.
Martin is hitting .274/.333/.391 in 281 at-bats, while ranking fifth in the American League with 17 stolen bases.
Leonys Martin scores thrice in defeat of Twins
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(5/29/14) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin got quite familiar with home plate Thursday in Minnesota - and not just as a batter. He crossed it three times in the victory.
Martin walked in the second inning, then doubled in the sixth and eighth. He scored after each to give him two three-run performances in the last six games. His two doubles doubled his output for the season.
Poor track record against lefties has Leonys Martin out
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(5/22/14) It was not a neck problem that motivated Ron Washington to bench center fielder Leonys Martin on Thursday against Tigers left-hander Robbie Ray. It was a lack of production against lefties that caused him to be replaced at that position and in the leadoff spot by Daniel Robertson, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Martin is batting just .234 with a .280 on-base percentage against southpaws this season and is 2 for 20 against them on the road. He owns a .183 batting average against all pitchers on the road in 2014.
"I'm just trying to put together the best lineup I have with the roster I have," Washington said.
Martin has 29 hits in 95 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season.
|2014 summary: Those who expected improvement from Cuban defector Leonys Martin in his second full major-league season were disappointed when he delivered more or less the exact same numbers, actually hitting two-thirds as many doubles with five fewer steals. The one positive development was a higher batting average, but considering no improved plate discipline or power spike accompanied it, you can assume it was just a BABIP thing.|
Playing time status: Martin wasn't part of a strict lefty-righty platoon, but he sat against many of the left-handers the Rangers faced until Tim Bogar took over as interim manager for the final 22 games of the season. He hit a competent .250 against lefties, but with a much lower slugging percentage, and with a precedent for platooning him already in place, new manager Jeff Banister could always go that route.
2015 outlook: Martin was billed as leadoff man with gap power, good strike-zone judgment and a knack for putting the bat on the ball, but his first two seasons have shown otherwise. Because he's just now entering his age-27 season, he still has an opportunity for a breakout, but his lack of progress from one year to the next doesn't inspire much confidence. Batting at the bottom of the Rangers lineup, he's basically just a one-trick pony, the Alcides Escobar of the outfield with his capacity for 30-plus steals, and draftable only as a fourth outfielder, preferably in Rotisserie leagues.
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|3/5/15||@ KC||3:05 pm|| |
|3/6/15||SF||3:05 pm|| |
|3/7/15||@ MIL||3:05 pm|| |
|3/8/15||CLE||4:05 pm|| |
|3/9/15||OAK||4:05 pm|| |
|3/10/15||@ LAA||4:10 pm|| |
|3/11/15||@ CHW||4:05 pm|| |