Leonys Martin
Leonys Martin
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
10-Day DL
Injury Illness
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Martin chipped in 24 stolen bases and 15 homers in 2016, but struggled to replicate that production in his sophomore season with Seattle. The 29-year-old hit just .174/.221/.287 in 34 games with the Mariners before being designated for assignment and subsequently traded to the Cubs, with whom his struggles continued. He's still a well-regarded defender and baserunner; while Martin has never been even a league-average hitter as measured by wRC+, he has done enough overall to be worth two-plus wins above replacement on three different occasions according to FanGraphs (2013, 2014 and 2016). That track record was enough to land him a big-league deal with the Tigers this offseason. He will compete with Victor Reyes this spring to open the year as the starting center fielder, and could prove to be a solid source of speed. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Tigers in December of 2017. Traded to the Indians in July of 2018.
Will not return this season
OFCleveland Indians
Illness
August 22, 2018
Manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Martin (illness) will not play again this season. He added that Martin is recovering just fine but the doctors want him to concentrate on returning to full health instead of ramping up baseball activity, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
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Martin was recently released from the hospital after fighting a life-threatening bacterial infection. Clearly his return to full health is more important than baseball, so the organization doesn't want to take any chances with Martin. He should be completely operational for spring training in 2019.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+93%
OPS vs LHP
2016
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .668 294 37 8 28 10 .236 .284 .384
Since 2016vs Right .688 773 97 21 61 28 .241 .309 .380
2018vs Left .575 80 8 2 9 1 .176 .238 .338
2018vs Right .799 273 40 9 24 6 .279 .348 .451
2017vs Left .857 24 2 1 4 2 .238 .333 .524
2017vs Right .444 114 12 2 5 5 .159 .211 .234
2016vs Left .684 190 27 5 15 7 .261 .298 .386
2016vs Right .684 386 45 10 32 17 .240 .310 .374
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .676 514 66 15 42 20 .234 .302 .373
Since 2016Away .689 553 68 14 47 18 .245 .302 .387
2018Home .755 179 26 6 19 5 .256 .324 .431
2018Away .740 174 22 5 14 2 .253 .322 .418
2017Home .577 59 6 2 3 3 .196 .237 .339
2017Away .464 79 8 1 6 4 .153 .228 .236
2016Home .645 276 34 7 20 12 .227 .302 .343
2016Away .719 300 38 8 27 12 .264 .310 .409
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How does Leonys Martin compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.39
 
BB Rate
8.5%
 
K Rate
21.8%
 
BABIP
.302
 
ISO
.170
 
AVG
.255
 
OBP
.323
 
SLG
.425
 
OPS
.747
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The former Rangers prospect lost sleeper buzz entering last year with the Mariners, but he enjoyed his best overall fantasy season in a fresh crack at a full-time role. While Safeco Field has a pitcher-friendly reputation - and it hurt Martin's home batting average - he hit seven of his home runs there. His second-half slide (four after the All-Star break) was more of a correction, not necessarily proving his pop from the first half was completely fake. He'll likely fall short of 15 and won't help in batting average (note the 25.9 percent strikeout rate) or on-base percentage (his 7.6 percent walk rate last year was a career high). He'll continue to hit high in the order against right-handed pitchers, and it's notable that he improved against lefties last season. Fantasy players combing for stolen bases with a clear path to playing time should not pass up Martin as the draft winds down. He's swiped at least 24 bags in his first three full seasons, after all.
Martin's status as Texas' center fielder came to an end after a poor performance early in the season opened the door for Delino DeShields Jr, as Martin's average plummeted to .219 (in some part thanks to a modest .274 BABIP). Martin has failed to advance much as a hitter since his rookie season back in 2013 and projects as nothing more than a 5 HR/30 SB peak in a full-time role at this point. He was traded to the Mariners in the offseason, where a change of scenery could serve him well as Seattle's starting center fielder.
Martin finished the season as the Rangers' leadoff hitter after the injury bug finally sidelined Shin-Soo Choo for good, and he piled up stolen bases at a more impressive clip atop the order (12 steals in 40 games). In his second full campaign with the Rangers, Martin drew a few more walks and struck out slightly less often, but he appears to be a finished product as a big league hitter entering his age-27 season. Defensively, he's very good in center field, and that may keep him in the lineup too often against lefties, who held him to a .250/.287/.294 line in 2014. Martin should be able to make a run at his third consecutive 30-steal season regardless of where he hits in 2015, but the benefits he could reap in his other counting stats from improved health in the lineup around him may be offset by a likely move back to the bottom-third of the order.
Martin's rookie season was a tale of two halves, slashing .283/.336/.422 in the first half before dipping to .238/.289/.348 in the second half. Whether or not it was the league exploiting some weakness (his poor 28:104 BB:K would suggest that) or general fatigue for a player in his rookie season, Texas needs the Martin of the first half to become the norm in order to successfully have him take over as the everyday option in center field. Don't be surprised if he ends up dropping down in the order against lefties, as his early struggles against southpaws merit a platoon-based adjustment should the Rangers decide that they want to keep his glove in the lineup for those matchups now that Craig Gentry is in Oakland.
Martin missed some time early in the season with a thumb ligament issue and saw some token time off the bench for Texas, but his year was largely spent at Triple-A Round Rock getting his first prolonged exposure at the level. He excelled, hitting .359/.422/.610, but was a disappointment on the basepaths with 10 steals in 19 attempts. There's an opening in center field with Josh Hamilton departing via free agency, and Martin would seem to have the first crack at the job (with a little Craig Gentry mixed in against tough lefties). He wasn't great at Triple-A the year prior, and will likely have an adjustment period in the majors if he's handed the job, but there's some value here depending on how the outfield situation develops this spring.
Martin was declared a free agent in March after defecting from Cuba the year prior and signed by Texas for $15.5 million over the next five years. He made his professional debut at Double-A Frisco, hitting .348/.435/.571 in 29 games and showing good plate awareness (15:8 BB:K). Shelved by a herniated disc in his back for a few weeks, Martin was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock soon after his return and the results were disappointing (.263/.316/.314 and 24 strikeouts in 40 games). He made a brief appearance in the Arizona Fall League (.290/.389/.516 in 31 at-bats, stealing four bases in five attempts), and will likely begin the year at Round Rock barring a huge spring training. It's possible he carves out some playing time with Texas in 2012 as the center fielder as the season wanes (particularly if Josh Hamilton is moved to left), but it would like come out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup with Ian Kinsler seemingly re-entrenched as Texas' leadoff hitter.
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Released from hospital
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Illness
August 19, 2018
Martin (illness) was released from the hospital Sunday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
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No timeline for return
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Illness
August 14, 2018
Martin is in stable condition while battling a serious bacterial infection but the Indians have not considered a timeline for his return to baseball activities.
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Dealing with serious illness
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Infection
August 13, 2018
Martin is dealing with a serious bacterial infection, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to DL
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Illness
August 9, 2018
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Out with illness
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Illness
August 8, 2018
Martin, who is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Twins, is dealing with an illness, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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