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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||540.00||9.00||.274||46.00||76.00||28.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs L.A. Angels||18||3||0|| .211|| .167|| .167|
|vs Santiago (Career)||13||5||0|| .385||.429||.385|
|vs LHP||28||8||0|| .310|| .286|| .286|
|12/26/2014||Travis d'Arnaud, C NYM|
Drew Smyly, SP TB
|Leonys Martin, CF TEX|
Corey Kluber, SP CLE
|12/26/2014||Chris Owings, 2B ARI|
Leonys Martin, CF TEX
Will Middlebrooks, 3B SD
|Elvis Andrus, SS TEX|
|12/25/2014||Enny Romero, SP TB|
Leonys Martin, CF TEX
|Eduardo Rodriguez, SP BOS|
|Last 10 Games|
Rangers OF Leonys Martin turning the corner offensively
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(4/22/15) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin has his third straight multihit game and first multi-RBI outing Tuesday at Arizona. He finished 2 for 4 with one double, two RBI, two runs, one walk, one strikeout and one stolen base.
Martin is getting on track offensively after batting .120 through six games. He is batting .324 (11 for 34) with three doubles, five RBI, seven runs, three walks, six strikeouts and three stolen bases in his last eight games.
Most of Martin's success this season has come against left-handed pitchers. He is batting .292 with five RBI against lefties, while batting .200 with three doubles against right-handers.
Banister: Leonys Martin will remain the Rangers' leadoff hitter
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(4/15/15) Leonys Martin will remain the Rangers' leadoff hitter over Rougned Odor, despite his early season struggles, manager Jeff Banister said, per the Dallas Morning News.
On Tuesday, Bannister tweaked the lineup, moving Odor to the leadoff spot and sliding Martin to the No. 8 spot.
"Leonys is going to be our lead-off hitter," Banister said. "That structure has been a little inconsistent. More than anything else, I wanted to give it a different look. There are times when you give the lineup a different look."
Odor doubled in a run in the second inning, stole a base and scored a run to help his club secure an 8-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday. Odor has a hit in all but one of his last six games. He is hitting .172 (5 for 29) with three doubles, a home run and four RBI.
"I feel happy," Odor said. "I helped my team."
Martin reached base twice on Tuesday and is hitting .154 (5 for 39) with two RBI in nine games.
Rangers move Odor, Moreland to top of lineup
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/14/15) Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been moved to the leadoff spot for Tuesday's game against the Angels.
Odor has batted in the bottom third of the lineup in each of the team's first eight games, hitting .160/.323/.360 in 31 at-bats. He said his approach will stay the same in the leadoff spot, FOX Sports Southwest reports.
Center fielder Leonys Martin, who has also struggled early, has been moved to the No. 8 spot.
"Leonys is going to be our lead-off hitter," manager Jeff Banister said, per the Dallas Morning News. "That structure has been a little inconsistent. More than anything else, I wanted to give it a different look. There are times when you give the lineup a different look."
In addition, designated hitter Mitch Moreland will bat second Tuesday. He has yet to bat higher than fifth this season while hitting .217/.321/.435 in 23 at-bats.
The Rangers are home underdogs (+104) against the Angels Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.
Rangers concerned with center fielder Leonys Martin's defense
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/7/15) The Rangers weren't too pleased with how center fielder Leonys Martin handled himself on defense on Opening Day, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Martin had a chance to leap into the center field wall on the opening play of the game when Athletics hitter Sam Fuld ripped a shot into the gap. Martin misjudge his jump, leading to a triple. Fuld later scored on a Ben Zobrist home run.
Leonys Martin to lead off for Rangers in 2015
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/14/15) Rangers manager Jeff Bannister declared Leonys Martin his leadoff hitter for the 2015 season.
Bannister met with the media and announced that he was committed to Martin at the top of the order, against both right-handed pitchers and southpaws.
Martin led off 35 games for the Rangers last year. He hit 32 points lower against left-handers.
|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.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/26/15||@ LAA||3:35 pm||Hector Santiago|
|4/27/15||SEA||8:05 pm||J.A. Happ|
|4/28/15||SEA||8:05 pm||Felix Hernandez|
|4/29/15||SEA||8:05 pm||Felix Hernandez|
|5/1/15||OAK||8:05 pm||Kendall Graveman|
|5/2/15||OAK||8:05 pm||Drew Pomeranz|
|5/3/15||OAK||3:05 pm||Sonny Gray|