Leonys Martin
Leonys Martin
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
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.
Becomes free agent
OFFree Agent  F
June 29, 2019
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No team decided to add Martin to their active roster via the waiver system, but he will now get the chance to decide where his next stop will be. Martin hit just .199 over 65 games with Cleveland this year, but he did hit nine home runs, so it remains to be seen if his next contract will be of the major- or minor-league variety.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
16
7
4
7
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
1
9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+49%
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 .562 182 17 4 17 3 .175 .243 .319
Since 2017vs Right .690 573 77 19 44 15 .234 .305 .386
2019vs Left .460 78 7 1 4 0 .155 .221 .239
2019vs Right .687 186 25 8 15 4 .218 .299 .388
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
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .654 359 49 9 27 8 .231 .294 .360
Since 2017Away .664 396 45 14 34 10 .210 .286 .378
2019Home .543 121 17 1 5 0 .211 .277 .266
2019Away .684 143 15 8 14 4 .189 .275 .409
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.27
 
BB Rate
8.0%
 
K Rate
29.5%
 
BABIP
.255
 
ISO
.144
 
AVG
.199
 
OBP
.276
 
SLG
.343
 
OPS
.619
 
wOBA
.279
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2012
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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Loses roster spot
OFCleveland Indians  F
June 22, 2019
The Indians designated Martin for assignment Saturday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Benched against righty
OFCleveland Indians  F
June 22, 2019
Martin is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Takes seat vs. lefty
OFCleveland Indians  F
June 21, 2019
Martin isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers.
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Catches breather
OFCleveland Indians  F
June 18, 2019
Martin isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
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Launches ninth homer in win
OFCleveland Indians  F
June 14, 2019
Martin went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a walk in Friday's game against the Tigers.
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