Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 weeks 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 1 month 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 6 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 6 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 7 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.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 7 months ago

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

Martin tallied five hits over the last two games, but he will get a day off with left-hander Brett Oberholtzer on the bump for the Astros. Dan Robertson will get the start in center field in Martin's place.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 7 months ago

Martin went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

Martin has picked up his offensive output in the last week, but it's only resulted in the speedster collecting two stolen bases during that time. The downturn in the Rangers' offense seems to have dampened Martin's season numbers, as he's well off his 2013 pace in stolen bases, runs and RBI despite posting a virtually identical triple-slash line.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 7 months ago

Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against teh Angels.

Martin will take a five-game hitting streak with him to the bench. Over that span, he has gone 10-for-20 at the plate but has no RBI and just three runs scored to show for it. Dan Robertson will start in center field for the Rangers Sunday and will bat ninth.