Leonys Martin
Leonys Martin
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The best news is that Martin was cleared to resume workouts in late November after he spent most of the summer recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection. Cleveland re-signed him to a one-year deal for 2019 and he is projected to be in the Indians' starting lineup because they very much value his high-level defense. Martin is someone who should be able to provide both double-digit homers and steals assuming his offseason recovery goes well, but that is where his value ends as he hits too low in the lineup to be a run producer, does not get on base at a high rate nor hit for even a decent average. He is terrible against lefties, but so is Tyler Naquin, and Jordan Luplow can only sub in for one of them each game. Martin may play more than he should because of his defense. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Indians in October of 2018.
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OFCleveland Indians
April 14, 2019
Martin went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs in a 9-8 loss to the Royals on Sunday.
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The Indians outfielder led off the game with a homer and then added two singles later. Martin has displayed a lot of power over the last week with a double and three homers. He is batting .271 with a .928 OPS, three homers, four RBI, seven runs and a steal this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+78%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+93%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .624 126 11 3 14 3 .186 .270 .354
Since 2017vs Right .722 438 58 14 33 12 .248 .317 .405
2019vs Left .540 22 1 0 1 0 .167 .318 .222
2019vs Right .960 51 6 3 4 1 .295 .392 .568
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+108%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .692 258 33 8 22 8 .235 .298 .393
Since 2017Away .708 306 36 9 25 7 .234 .314 .394
2019Home .472 20 1 0 0 0 .167 .250 .222
2019Away .983 53 6 3 5 1 .295 .415 .568
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
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Stat Review
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
0.48
 
BB Rate
13.7%
 
K Rate
28.8%
 
BABIP
.342
 
ISO
.210
 
AVG
.258
 
OBP
.370
 
SLG
.468
 
OPS
.838
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Goes yard
OFCleveland Indians
April 11, 2019
Martin went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, double, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Tigers.
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Pops first homer
OFCleveland Indians
April 9, 2019
Martin went 1-for-3 and led off the game with a homer during Cleveland's 8-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
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Sits against lefty
OFCleveland Indians
April 6, 2019
Martin is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Established as leadoff man
OFCleveland Indians
March 30, 2019
Martin will start in center field and bat leadoff Saturday against the Twins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Starter in center field
OFCleveland Indians
March 16, 2019
The Indians have named Martin their starting center fielder, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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