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2 Leonys Martin CF
Height/Weight: 6-2/190 | Birthdate: 3/6/1988 | Birthplace: Villa Clara, Cuba | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Texas | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 61/34 | Average Draft Position: 226.85
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Banister: Leonys Martin will remain the Rangers' leadoff hitter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) 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
(4/14/2015) 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
(4/7/2015) 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
(3/14/2015) 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. 


Rangers' Leonys Martin to get long look in leadoff spot this spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin will get the first chance this spring to bat leadoff, as he is penciled in to the top spot in the lineup for Wednesday's spring opener against the Royals.

The Rangers intend to take a long look at Martin in the leadoff spot this spring to see if they can move Shin-Soo Choo to a more traditional “production” spot in the batting order, manager Jeff Banister said.

“I want to make sure that mentally he is prepared to be able to lock down the leadoff spot vs. both right-handers and lefties,” Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. “He does possess the skills to jump start our offense.”

Martin had a .354 on-base percentage in 164 plate appearances in the leadoff spot last year.


Rangers OF Leonys Martin spent offseason working on baserunning


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin said one of his goals for the 2015 season will be to improve his baserunning skills.  He managed 31 stolen bases on 43 attempts in 2014 for a 72.1 percent success rate, which ranked 28th among major-league qualifiers, per The Dallas Morning News

Martin said he focused this offseason on getting better jumps when running. 

“It was 100 percent concentration on my baserunning,” Martin said of his offseason work. “I’ve got to do a better job.”

Martin added he also hopes to spend more time in the leadoff spot this season. He had a .354 on-base percentage in 164 plate appearances batting leadoff in 2014.

“I’ve been leadoff all the time in my career,” Martin said. “I’m ready.”


Leonys Martin to play against left-handers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) 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
(8/13/2014) 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
(7/9/2014) 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
(5/29/2014) 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
(5/22/2014) 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.


Leonys Martin remains absent from lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is still sidelined with a neck problem. He is not in the lineup for the Thursday game in Detroit.

Martin has not played since Monday.


Leonys Martin out again Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin was anticipating inclusion in the Wednesday lineup against the Mariners, but is out again. He has been dealing with an ailing neck that prevented him from playing Tuesday.

Martin has been solid this season with a stat line of .282/.333/.359 with nine stolen bases.


Leonys Martin expects to play Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a stiff neck, but he expects to be back in the lineup Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"I don’t want this to be more than one game," Martin said Tuesday.

Martin slept wrong on the neck, and the issue flared up in the batting cages Tuesday. He has hit .282/.333/.359 with two home runs, 14 RBI and nine stolen bases in 142 at-bats.


Leonys Martin scratched with stiff neck


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/20/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners due to a stiff neck, the team announced. Martin is hitting .282 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 142 at-bats.

Leonys Martin gets a chance to bat second Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin hit second for the first time this season Tuesday against the Rockies. It's been three games since the Rangers moved shortstop Elvis Andrus to bottom of the order to help him emerge from an offensive slump.

Martin, who is batting .317 with one home run, seven RBI, 11 runs and six stolen bases in his last 17 games, is 0 for 8 in three career games batting second.


Leonys Martin keeps hot streak going Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin continued his hot streak at the plate Friday against the White Sox.

After striking out in his first at-bat, Martin clubbed a triple his next time at the plate. He followed that up with a solo home run, and a single. Martin came to the plate in the eighth a double short of the cycle, but struck out in his final at-bat.

He finished 3 for 5, with two runs scored and four RBI. Martin has collected six hits over his past three games. 


Leonys Martin delivers walkoff hit in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin played a key role in his team's 3-2 win over the Mariners Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with a triple, one run and one RBI.

Martin's triple came against Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning and was enough to chase the Seattle ace from the game after his nearly flawless performance. The center fielder would score on a sacrifice fly by the next batter. He then came up with the bases loaded and his team down one with two outs in the ninth inning before a wild pitch scored the tying run, and Martin's single to left field ended the game. He has hit .277/.346/.319 with two stolen bases in 47 at-bats this season.


Leonys Martin reaches base three times Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin went 2 for 4 with an intentional base on balls in his team's 1-0 win over the Astros Friday.

Martin managed to avoid striking out for the first time in six games in the win, and he was able to record his first multihit performance since April 2. He's hit .273/.351/.273 with two stolen bases in 33 at-bats out of the bottom third of the Rangers lineup.


Leonys Martin drives in two Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin drove in two runs Wednesday.

Martin came on late in the game, singling in his last two at-bats. Both hits managed to drive in one run, giving him two RBI on the day. Martin has gotten off to a nice start, collecting five hits in three games thus far. 


Leonys Martin productive at bottom of Rangers' lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Outfielder Leonys Martin is making plenty of noise early in the season at the bottom of the Rangers' lineup. Through two games, Martin is batting .429 (3 for 7) wih one run, two walks, two RBI and one stolen base.

Leonys Martin returns with hitless performance Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) After being sidelined with back tightness over the weekend, Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin went 0 for 2 in his team's 6-5 loss to the Rangers Monday.

Martin is now 0 for 4 with one strikeout in his two appearances this spring. He hit .260/.313/.385 with eight home runs, 49 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 457 at-bats last season.


Leonys Martin out with back issues


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin didn't play in Friday's Cactus League game due to tightness in his back, MLB.com reports.

Martin is projected to bat ninth and play center field for the Rangers this season. He hit .260/.313/.385 with eight home runs, 49 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 457 at-bats last season.


Rangers manager projects 2014 lineup/batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington provided his projected lineup/batting order for the 2014 season, according to ESPN.

Washington has penciled left fielder Shin-Soo Choo into the leadoff spot. He will be followed by shortstop Elvis Andrus, first baseman Prince Fielder, third baseman Adrian Beltre, right fielder Alex Rios, DH Mitch Moreland, catcher Geovany Soto, second baseman Jurickson Profar and center fielder Leonys Martin.


Leonys Martin still learning 'how to push himself' amid struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin appeared in only 15 games for Licey in the Dominican Winter League because he told the club he needed to return to Miami for extensive dental work in December, according to The Dallas Morning News.

ESPN analyst and Licey general manager Manny Acta was disappointed Martin left the team after only 15 games because he could have benefited from more at-bats after hitting just .170 in 53 at-bats. It was the sixth-lowest average among the 87 players who had at least 50 regular-season at-bats in the Dominican.

"He’s very talented and played great defense all around," Acta said. "It was too bad he had to stop playing. He could have used more at-bats against left-handers."

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he's not concerned about Martin's poor offensive showing.

"He might have been tired," Washington said. "He’s a young kid who hasn’t learned how to push himself when things aren’t going good. He hasn’t learned how to grind. He’s learning, but he’s not there yet."