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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%: 43/22 | Average Draft Position: 226.78
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Rangers CF Leonys Martin in starting lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. He will bat seventh in the order.

Martin was held out of Tuesday's contest with a left-hander on the mound, but socked a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.

With Martin back in the lineup, Delino DeShields slides over to left and Kyle Blanks will be on the bench. 


Rangers' Leonys Martin hits pinch-hit, solo home run on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin tried his best to keep his team from losing on Tuesday, as he belted a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. But it wasn't enough as the Rangers fell to the Red Sox 4-3. It was Martin's second homer of the season.

Martin has struggled at the plate this year and has also been battling a wrist injury over the last couple of weeks. 

He did not start the game with a lefty getting the start for Boston, despite the fact that he's actually hitting better against lefties (.271) than righties (.162) this season. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin returns to starting lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin returned to the starting lineup Saturday night against Cleveland, after missing the past three games with a left wrist sprain, per the team's official website. He is batting seventh in the order.

Martin is hitting .209/.246/.278 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 115 at-bats.

Texas is favored (+140) at home against Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin remains sidelined on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin not included in the starting lineup for the second straight day on Thursday, after aggravating his left wrist sprain on Monday. Delino DeShields will bat ninth and play in center field in Martin's absence.

Manager Jeff Banister indicated on Wednesday that Martin could be sidelined for a few days in order for the soreness to subside. He received a cortisone shot to avoid a stint on the disabled list, per MLB.com.

"Right now I don't feel any pain, it just feels weird after getting the cortisone shot," Martin said Thursday morning. "I've got to keep getting my treatment. The trainer said it would be two weeks to feel completely 100 percent, so I've got to keep doing treatment."

Texas is a slight underdog (+100) at home against Kansas City, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers' Martin not in lineup Wednesday, remains day-to-day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals, and he could be out several days while dealing with a sore left hand, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"We’re going to let him work that soreness out," manager Jeff Banister said. "Let’s see if we can’t clean him up and have him ready to go in a couple of days."

Martin dealt with a wrist injury last week and has been plagued by a hand issue over the last few days. He has hit .209/.246/.278 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 115 at-bats.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+105) against the Royals.


Rangers' Leonys Martin (wrist) out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is not in the lineup Tuesday after reaggravating a sprained left wrist Monday night, MLB.com reports.

Martin was jammed on a pitch Monday, resulting in a reaggravation of the injury. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no fractured bones, leaving him day to day moving forward. He has hit .209/.246/.278 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 115 at-bats. Delino DeShields Jr. is playing center field and batting ninth Tuesday.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+122) against the Royals Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


CF Leonys Martin (wrist) returns, hits seventh in Rangers' lineup Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Leonys Martin (wrist) is back in the starting lineup for the Rangers Saturday, playing center field and batting seventh.

Martin had injured his wrist while attempting a diving catch in a game and has been out since May 5.

Martin had batted leadoff for the Rangers prior to his injury but right fielder Shin-Soo Choo will remain hitting first for Saturday's game.

Martin was hitting .221 before the injury, with five doubles and six stolen bases in 25 games.

In addition, Adam Rosales will get his second consecutive start at second base in place of the slumping Rougned Odor(3 for his last 30).


Rangers Leonys Martin won't hit leadoff when he returns


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin should return to the lineup soon, but he won't return to the leadoff spot right away. 

Martin has missed four games with a wrist injury. Shin-Soo Choo has batted leadoff in his place. Choo is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, and the Rangers are undefeated with him at the top of the order. 

"I like the look from Choo right now," manager Jeff Banister said, per MLB.com. "He is aggressive with his swing and working the count. He's got some traction going and there is some synergy. We'll see how that looks. That doesn't mean Leonys won't make it to the top at some point."


Rangers OF Leonys Martin still out Friday, expects to play Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin was sidelined a fourth straight game Friday against the Rays due to a wrist injury. Delino DeShields Jr. was once again in center field for Texas.

However, Martin said he expects to be back in the lineup Saturday. He said his left wrist is about 85-90 percent.

Martin is batting .195 (8 for 41) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, two runs and 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He also has three stolen bases in that span.


Leonys Martin takes batting practice with Rangers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Injured Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin was able to take batting practice with the team on Friday, per the Star Telegram.

Martin is questionable for Friday's game with a wrist injury. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin (wrist) remains sidelined Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin will miss his fourth consecutive game on Thursday, as he is still dealing with a wrist injury. Martin suffered the injury during Monday's game after making a diving catch and was removed in the fifth inning.

Delino DeShields is in the starting lineup, handling center field and batting ninth for manager Jeff Bannister. The team has not issued an update on Martin's status or when he might return to the lineup.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin out of the lineup again Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday, the team announced.

Martin is dealing with a wrist injury he suffered in Monday's game while trying to make a diving catch. Delino DeShields will take his place in center. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin day to day with wrist injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is considered day to day with a wrist injury, according to MLB.com.

"I didn't have him in the lineup to begin with," manager Jeff Banister said. "I felt he was going to be sore. We'll have him ready for baserunning and defense and see what the capability is for hitting as we go along."

Martin, who suffered a wrist injury in Monday's game trying to make a diving catch, is available to pinch-run and play defense. If he is unable to play by this weekend, the Rangers may put him on the disabled list to recover from the injury.


Rangers make multiple adjustments to starting lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) The Rangers reshuffled their lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, slotting Carlos Corporan at catcher, Carlos Peguero in left field, Delino DeShields in center and Rougned Odor at second base, according to MLB.com.

All four were out of the lineup Monday. DeShields replaces Leonys Martin in center after Martin suffered a sprained left wrist trying to make a diving catch. The Rangers are currently the underdogs (+145) against Houston. 


Rangers' Leonys Martin (wrist) avoids break


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Martin suffered the injury on a diving play Monday but was able to initially stay in the game. He underwent tests after the game and was determined not to have broken the wrist.

Martin, who went 0 for 1 Monday, has hit .221/.255/.298 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 104 at-bats.


Rangers OF Leonys Martin leaves with left wrist sprain Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin left Monday's game against the Astros with a left wrist sprain, according to MLB.com.

Martin attempted to make a diving catch in center, but his wrist bent awkwardly. He tried to stay in the game but was eventually pulled. He will undergo X-rays after the game. Martin went 0 for 1 before leaving the game.


Leonys Martin's 11th-inning homer propels Rangers to victory


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin hit his first home run of the season in the 11th inning as the Rangers rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Angels on Sunday. 

Martin, who was hitting leadoff, started the 11th by taking Angels reliever Jose Alvarez deep over the wall in right to give Texas a 4-3 advantage. The Rangers forced extra innings in the ninth thanks to a Mitch Moreland RBI single. 

In addition to the late-inning heroics, Martin stole his fifth base of the season. He finished the day 2-for-6 to move his average to .234.


Rangers OF Leonys Martin turning the corner offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) 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
(4/15/2015) 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.