Leonys Martin CF TEX 4 days ago

Rangers manager Jeff Banister endorsed Martin as his leadoff hitter Tuesday, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.

Martin is penciled into the No. 8 spot in the order Tuesday against the Angels but apparently it's a temporary move, with Banister saying bluntly that Martin is "going to be our leadoff hitter." Second baseman Rougned Odor is atop the order Tuesday, followed by Mitch Moreland in the two-hole.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 4 days ago

Martin will bat eighth Tuesday against the Angels.

Martin will fall from the leadoff spot all the way to the eight-hole Tuesday against right-hander Drew Rucinski following a disappointing 5-for-36 start to his season (zero extra-base hits). Rougned Odor will take over atop the order. The fact that Martin is batting this low against a right-hander is troubling, but it's uncertain whether manager Jeff Banister intends to stick with Martin in a bottom-third spot.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 week ago

Martin went 2-for-5 with a run and a strikeout in Tuesday's game against the A's.

Unfortunately he didn't attempt a steal despite ripping a couple singles Tuesday. Martin is expected to hit atop the order this season for the Rangers, so hopefully he still has the same green light on the base paths with Jeff Banister as his manager as he had when he was hitting lower in the order under Ron Washington.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 month ago

Martin will begin the year as the leadoff hitter, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Martin swipped 12 bases in 40 games as the leadoff hitter last season, though his poor on-base percentage is an otherwise ill-fit in the table setter role. Bump your projections in runs, steals and at-bats if you had pegged Martin for a slot in the lower third of the order.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin reported to camp Wednesday expressing a desire to emerge as the leadoff hitter but new manager Jeff Bannister was non-committal according to the team's web site.

Martin was elevated to that role last season with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined due to injury, but continues to post poor on-base numbers. Watch the competition closely this spring, as Martin would likely slide all the way down to the #9 spot if Choo hits leadoff.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 7 months ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, according to Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake.

Martin tallied eight multi-hit efforts between Sept. 5 and Sept. 19, but he will get a day off after going 1-for-11 over his last three contests. Dan Robertson will cover center field in Martin's place.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 7 months ago

Martin went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base against the Angels on Friday night.

He can be streaky at times, but Martin has remained one of the hottest hitters in the game. As of August 10, Martin has raised his batting average from .251 to .281 while scoring 17 runs and stealing 11 bases. Friday's stolen base was Martin's 29th on the year.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 7 months ago

Martin went 2-for-3 with a homer, walk and steal in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

Martin led off the bottom of the first inning with his seventh home run of the season. It's been a lost season for the Rangers, as well as Martin, although the young outfielder has performed better lately, slashing .356/.380/.423 with seven steals over the last month.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 7 months ago

Martin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

With lefty Roenis Elias starting for the Mariners, Martin will give way in center field to Dan Robertson. Martin is slashing a putrid .213/.248/.269 against left-handers this season.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 8 months ago

Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.

Martin currently has a six-game hitting streak in games that he has started, but will take a seat Sunday. Dan Robertson is in center field in his place, leading off for the Rangers.