Photo of Leonys Martin

Leonys Martin (CF)

Texas Rangers - 91% owned

Bats: L, Throws: R

Leonys Martin was back in the leadoff position tonight against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners, and responded well, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double on the night. Martin's hits were the only base knocks against Hernandez by the anemic Rangers offense.

Fantasy Impact: The two hits raised Martin's season average to .184 which sounds terrible, but when you look at what Elvis Andrus (.163), Roughned Odor (.158), Shin-Soo Choo (.138) and Adrian Beltre (.140) are doing, he looks like he might be the Rangers' representative at the All-Star game. He will improve and most likely hit in the .260 neighborhood by the time the season is over. The question is if fantasy owners can wait that long.


Category: Game Recaps

Center fielder Leonys Martin was dropped from the leadoff spot to eighth in the batting order in tonight's 8-2 win over the Angels. Martin went 1-for-3 and scored a pair for the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Martin's biggest asset is his speed, and to have him at the top of the order was perfect for fantasy owners. But Martin does not take walks (just two in 41 plate appearances) and was hitting just .154 to start the season. A drop to eighth in the order, if it becomes permanent, does severe damage to his fantasy value.


Category: , Game Recaps

Leonys Martin collected his first two hits of the season in the Rangers 3-1 win over the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Batting from the leadoff spot, Martin knocked out a couple of singles and also scored a run in the fifth inning on a base hit by Prince Fielder. Martin hit .274 with 31 steals last season.


Category: , Game Recaps

Leonys Martin was penciled in as the leadoff hitter in today's exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals and the Rangers intend to give him every opportunity to win the job on a full-time basis. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Martin went 1-for-3 today, but the Rangers are more interested if he can handle going up against southpaws on a regular basis. Manager Jeff Bannister would like to have Martin in the leadoff spot with Shin-Soo Choo batting second since he possesses more power. Martin had a .354 OBP in the leadoff spot last year, but just a .287 OBP against lefthanders. If he can handle the challenge, his speed, along with a solid lineup behind him, could make him a strong value play late in drafts.