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Leonys Martin OFCubs

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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
572 .251 14 71 58 25 .239 2.4
Birth Date3-6-1988
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 17 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2.42013
4.32014
0.72015
2.12016
-0.82017
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 TEX 23 8 8 8 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .375 .500 .345 0.8 -0.2 0.1
2012 TEX 24 24 52 46 6 8 5 2 0 17 4 12 0 1 1 6 3 0 .174 .235 .370 .191 -2.2 0.6 -0.2
2013 TEX 25 147 508 457 66 119 21 6 8 176 28 104 8 3 12 49 36 9 .260 .312 .385 .256 15.9 5.7 2.4
2014 TEX 26 155 583 533 68 146 13 7 7 194 39 114 2 2 40 31 12 .274 .325 .364 .259 20.0 18.8 4.3
2015 TEX 27 95 310 288 26 63 12 0 5 90 16 69 2 1 3 25 14 5 .219 .264 .312 .210 -4.6 11.6 0.7
2016 SEA 28 143 576 518 72 128 17 3 15 196 44 149 3 7 4 47 24 6 .247 .306 .378 .244 10.7 9.6 2.1
2017 CHN 29 15 16 13 2 2 1 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 .154 .312 .231 .203 -2.1 -0.5 -0.3
2017 SEA 29 34 122 115 12 20 2 1 3 33 5 29 2 0 0 8 6 4 .174 .221 .287 .179 -7.7 2.2 -0.5
Career6212175197825448972193871313948217142017611536.247.300.360.24130.947.88.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 TEX MLB 8 8 .345 .241 .294 .360 .241 .429 117 0.7 0.2 0 -0.2 -0.1 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2011 FRI AA 29 135 .344 .270 .333 .420 .256 .347 106 12.5 4.0 0.1 4.1 1.9 18.5 2.3 18.5 2.3
2011 ROU AAA 40 192 .217 .269 .341 .419 .259 .303 104 -9.6 6.0 0.3 0.2 1.1 -2.3 -0.2 -2.3 -0.2
2011 RNG Rk 4 16 .262 .272 .362 .457 .273 .444 102 0 0.5 0 -1.3 -0.2 0.4 -0.1 0.4 -0.1
2012 TEX MLB 24 52 .191 .261 .325 .414 .268 .229 104 -3.6 1.4 0.1 0.6 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2012 ROU AAA 55 260 .351 .274 .336 .422 .266 .392 96 26.7 7.7 0.3 3.6 2.1 36.8 4.0 36.8 4.0
2012 LIC Wnt 37 168 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TEX MLB 147 508 .256 .253 .317 .397 .266 .319 101 -2 13.4 0.4 5.7 4.1 15.9 2.4 15.9 2.4
2014 TEX MLB 155 583 .259 .247 .306 .376 .257 .336 101 -0.6 15.0 1.3 18.8 4.3 20.0 4.3 20.0 4.3
2015 TEX MLB 95 310 .210 .253 .314 .401 .259 .270 105 -15.1 8.4 0.7 11.6 1.4 -4.6 0.7 -4.6 0.7
2015 ROU AAA 9 43 .343 .287 .346 .462 .291 .281 87 3.8 1.2 0.1 2.5 0.8 5.8 0.9 5.8 0.9
2016 SEA MLB 143 576 .244 .256 .318 .415 .257 .313 102 -9.5 16.3 1.5 9.6 2.5 10.7 2.1 10.7 2.1
2017 CHN MLB 15 16 .203 .253 .323 .426 .266 .222 97 -1 0.5 0 -0.5 0.1 -0.5 -0.1 -2.1 -0.3
2017 SEA MLB 34 122 .179 .252 .321 .424 .259 .205 102 -10.4 3.6 -0.5 2.2 -0.4 -7.7 -0.5 -7.7 -0.5
2017 TAC AAA 88 388 .288 .281 .349 .444 .271 .376 97 12.1 11.7 0.4 15.2 1.1 25.3 3.9 25.3 3.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 FRI AA 135 24 39 9 2 4 24 15 8 10 8 .348 .435 .571 .223 .344 18.5 4.1 2.3
2011 ROU AAA 192 27 46 7 1 0 17 11 24 9 2 .263 .316 .314 .051 .217 -2.3 0.2 -0.2
2011 RNG Rk 16 2 4 0 2 0 1 1 6 0 1 .267 .312 .533 .267 .262 0.4 -1.3 -0.1
2011 TEX MLB 8 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .375 .375 .500 .125 .345 0.8 -0.2 0.1
2012 LIC Wnt 168 22 37 5 1 4 19 16 29 8 4 .253 .327 .384 .130 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TEX MLB 52 6 8 5 2 0 6 4 12 3 0 .174 .235 .370 .196 .191 -2.2 0.6 -0.2
2012 ROU AAA 260 48 83 18 2 12 42 24 39 10 9 .359 .422 .610 .251 .351 36.8 3.6 4.0
2013 TEX MLB 508 66 119 21 6 8 49 28 104 36 9 .260 .312 .385 .125 .256 15.9 5.7 2.4
2014 TEX MLB 583 68 146 13 7 7 40 39 114 31 12 .274 .325 .364 .090 .259 20.0 18.8 4.3
2015 TEX MLB 310 26 63 12 0 5 25 16 69 14 5 .219 .264 .312 .094 .210 -4.6 11.6 0.7
2015 ROU AAA 43 7 11 3 0 2 4 5 4 2 1 .297 .372 .541 .243 .343 5.8 2.5 0.9
2016 SEA MLB 576 72 128 17 3 15 47 44 149 24 6 .247 .306 .378 .131 .244 10.7 9.6 2.1
2017 TAC AAA 388 63 110 24 5 11 39 21 89 25 6 .306 .346 .492 .186 .288 25.3 15.2 3.9
2017 CHN MLB 16 2 2 1 0 0 1 3 4 1 0 .154 .312 .231 .077 .203 -2.1 -0.5 -0.3
2017 SEA MLB 122 12 20 2 1 3 8 5 29 6 4 .174 .221 .287 .113 .179 -7.7 2.2 -0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2011 26 0.6538 0.5000 0.8462 0.6471 0.2222 0.8182 1.0000 0.1538 10 0.000899
2012 183 0.5082 0.4918 0.6556 0.6559 0.3222 0.7377 0.4828 0.3444 74 -0.002398
2013 1848 0.4865 0.4610 0.7594 0.6085 0.3214 0.8647 0.5705 0.2406 741 0.006535
2014 2121 0.4837 0.4814 0.7659 0.6199 0.3516 0.8742 0.5870 0.2341 793 0.003622
2015 1101 0.5132 0.4441 0.7219 0.5805 0.3004 0.8415 0.4783 0.2781 480 0.004504
2016 2225 0.4867 0.4840 0.6936 0.6602 0.3170 0.7804 0.5221 0.3064 0 0.000000
2017 519 0.4855 0.4875 0.7233 0.6786 0.3071 0.8246 0.5122 0.2767 0 0.000000
Career80230.49050.4730.73330.62780.32410.8350.54440.2667447.91260.003

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-23 2014-09-24 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin - Foul Ball -
2014-05-20 2014-05-21 DTD 1 1 - Neck Soreness - -
2013-08-25 2013-08-27 DTD 2 2 - Ankle Sprain - -
2013-06-13 2013-06-13 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2013-03-06 2013-03-07 Camp 1 0 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2011-06-10 2011-06-30 Minors 20 18 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2011-05-17 2011-05-18 Minors 1 1 Left Fingers Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 SEA $4,850,000
2016 SEA $4,150,000
2015 TEX $4,750,000
2014 TEX $3,750,000
2013 TEX $3,250,000
2012 TEX $2,250,000
2011 TEX $1,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$19,650,000
2017Current$4,850,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$24,500,000
7 yrTotal$24,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 161 dMDR Sports2018

Details
  • 2018
  • 1 year/$4.85M (2017). Re-signed by Seattle 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Seattle 4/23/17. Sent outright to Triple-A 4/27/17. Contract selected by Seattle 7/30/17. DFA by Seattle 8/23/17. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/25/17. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Seattle 8/31/17 with $821,584 remaining on contract. Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 9/2/17. Sent outright to Triple-A by Chicago Cubs 11/6/17 (elected free agency).
  • 1 year/$4.15M (2016). Re-signed by Seattle 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 5 years/$15.5M (2011-15). Signed Major League contract with Texas as amateur free agent from Cuba 5/4/11. $5M signing bonus. 11:$0.5M, 12:$1.25M, 13:$2.25M, 14:$2.75M, 15:$3.75M. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Texas 11/16/15.

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2018305326111820313584012422.248.309.387.2411.87.82.81.413.8-10.29.1
2019315115811419313553712019.246.305.382.2381.65.72.41.213.3-11.28.7
2020324975711118312543511717.248.307.384.2391.55.62.11.112.9-10.48.5
2021334685310116311493311115.239.299.371.2341.12.51.70.912.1-12.28.0
202234425489216210453110212.240.301.375.2361.12.51.40.711.0-10.67.2
2023353934484142941299310.240.300.372.2350.91.61.10.510.2-10.26.7
202436383438314294028929.241.301.372.2350.91.61.00.49.9-9.76.5
202537366418013293826887.240.300.370.2340.80.70.80.39.5-9.96.2
202638330377111283424806.236.296.363.2310.6-0.50.70.18.6-9.95.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Aaron Rowand 2007 .292
2 90 Cameron Maybin 2016 .277
3 89 Angel Pagan 2011 .263
4 89 Franklin Gutierrez 2012 .273
5 89 Peter Bourjos 2016 .251
6 86 Corey Patterson 2009 .069
7 86 Jacob Brumfield 1994 .294
8 86 Brian McRae 1997 .246
9 85 Austin Jackson 2016 .234
10 85 Steve Brye 1978 .234
11 85 Jordan Schafer 2016 .000 DNP
12 85 Jerry Morales 1978 .230
13 85 Coco Crisp 2009 .241
14 85 Mike Devereaux 1992 .286
15 85 Bill Virdon 1960 .273
16 85 Irv Noren 1954 .318
17 85 Eric Fox 1993 .154
18 84 Marquis Grissom 1996 .289
19 84 Chone Figgins 2007 .289
20 84 Dave Martinez 1994 .225
21 84 Jim Piersall 1959 .238
22 84 Damon Buford 1999 .239
23 84 Wendell Magee 2002 .231
24 84 Marvin Benard 2000 .253
25 84 Steve Finley 1994 .265
26 84 Charlie Blackmon 2016 .311
27 84 Willie Tasby 1962 .251
28 84 Dan Gladden 1987 .232
29 84 Juan Beniquez 1979 .256
30 84 Dick Williams 1958 .262
31 84 Reed Johnson 2006 .284
32 84 Darin Erstad 2003 .226
33 84 Gary Matthews 2004 .272
34 84 Jon Jay 2014 .279
35 83 Mickey Stanley 1972 .263
36 83 Bob Brower 1989 .255
37 83 Del Unser 1974 .264
38 83 Dwight Smith 1993 .289
39 83 Catfish Metkovich 1950 .000 DNP
40 83 Ken Berry 1970 .250
41 83 Jerry Mumphrey 1982 .289
42 83 Willie Norwood 1980 .155
43 83 Dave May 1973 .298
44 83 Ryan Sweeney 2014 .250
45 83 Dave Moates 1977 .000 DNP
46 83 Pat Sheridan 1987 .246
47 83 Johnny Groth 1956 .263
48 82 Scott Podsednik 2005 .252
49 82 Rick Miller 1977 .250
50 82 Michael Bourn 2012 .271
51 82 Stan Javier 1993 .285
52 82 Kevin Mench 2007 .262
53 82 Randy Winn 2003 .269
54 82 Jackie Brandt 1963 .260
55 82 Marlon Byrd 2007 .284
56 82 Ray Coleman 1951 .242
57 82 Herm Winningham 1991 .207
58 82 Gene Stephens 1962 .109
59 82 Tony Scott 1981 .255
60 82 Lee Maye 1964 .290
61 81 Gene Clines 1976 .230
62 81 Garry Maddox 1979 .262
63 81 Felipe Lopez 2009 .284
64 81 Roberto Kelly 1994 .263
65 81 Omar Moreno 1982 .220
66 81 Roger Bernadina 2013 .196
67 81 Daryl Boston 1992 .283
68 81 Jeff Francoeur 2013 .191
69 81 Reid Nichols 1988 .000 DNP
70 81 Cory Sullivan 2009 .260
71 81 Chris Singleton 2002 .250
72 81 Ryan Langerhans 2009 .250
73 81 Willie Bloomquist 2007 .234
74 81 Rajai Davis 2010 .251
75 81 Bill Tuttle 1959 .278
76 81 Milt Thompson 1988 .259
77 81 Allie Clark 1952 .269
78 81 Dave Gallagher 1990 .232
79 81 David DeJesus 2009 .265
80 81 James Mouton 1998 .190
81 81 Marty Keough 1963 .279
82 81 George Vukovich 1985 .229
83 81 Ron Woods 1972 .292
84 81 Eddie Milner 1984 .258
85 81 Brandon Inge 2006 .261
86 80 Mark Kotsay 2005 .265
87 80 Max Venable 1986 .224
88 80 Barry Bonnell 1983 .297
89 80 Ronny Cedeno 2012 .260
90 80 Quinton McCracken 2000 .152
91 80 Ted Uhlaender 1969 .263
92 80 Shane Victorino 2010 .276
93 80 Ruppert Jones 1984 .302
94 80 Gino Cimoli 1959 .255
95 80 Ricky Ledee 2003 .275
96 80 Gerardo Parra 2016 .215
97 80 Mark Smith 1999 .000 DNP
98 80 Alex Sanchez 2006 .000 DNP
99 80 Joel Youngblood 1981 .346
100 80 Brennan Boesch 2014 .203

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .251 .288 .354 .232
11 vs R (Multi) .245 .309 .371 .246
18 Split (Multi) -.006 .020 .017 .014
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .261 .298 .386 .243
31 vs R (2016) .240 .310 .374 .244
38 Split (2016) -.022 .012 -.012 .001
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 One the few bright spots for the Rangers in 2014, Martin left the team during its playoff run after losing his starting job to Delino DeShields. The Cuban was demoted after a miserable start to the season: The hits didn't fall, and the consequent pressing cut into his walk rate as well, until he just stopped reaching base. He still has speed and remains an excellent defensive center fielder, so he can provide value even without a gaudy batting average. It made perfect sense for the Mariners, devoid of outfield defense as they were, to obtain him in a buy-low proposition.
2015 With two major-league seasons under his belt, Martin hasn't quite hit as well as hoped considering his minor-league track record, but he has been a great $15.5 million investment for the Rangers. Without the flashy tools of higher-profile Cuban signings, Martin has built his value and reputation on strong center field defense and baserunning skills. In fact, he's played at a near-All Star level against right-handed pitching, which serves to indict his career .575 OPS against southpaws more than anything else. The 26-year-old, who was named after Lionel Richie, has certainly been more Stuck On You than Endless Love to this point, but he's a good bet to continue Running With the Ni—[This author has now been located and moved to a safe house]
2014 When the Rangers signed Martin in 2011, the book on the Cuban defector was that he was a quality defender and baserunner, but there were questions about his bat. After spending most of 2011 and 2012 in the minors, he got an opportunity to play every day in the majors in 2013. So what's the report on him now? He's a quality defender and baserunner, but there are questions about his bat. The Rangers gave Martin a guaranteed $15.5 million because they thought he could be an offensive catalyst at the top of the order, but at the major-league level he hasn't catalyzed squat. A .422 Triple-A OBP in 2012 suggests better, and the plan is for Martin to bat leadoff in 2014.
2013 When the Rangers gave Martin a five-year, $15.5-million major-league deal in 2011, they wanted him to become their every-day center fielder. Two years later, he remains a prospect with first-division starter potential, but has appeared in only 32 major-league games. Martin, who abused PCL pitching in 55 games last year, could get his first opportunity at regular playing time in 2013. While Martin doesnt have one particularly flashy tool, hes also not below-average in any area. The Rangers would like to see the Cuban improve his baserunning and other nuances. If he does, he shouldn't be far from becoming a solid regular.
2012 After defecting from Cuba and signing a five year/$15.5M major league deal, Martin hit the ground running in the Texas League, showing all five tools and looking like the international steal of the year. A promotion to Triple-A tempered the excitement; the 23-year-old center fielder struggled in all phases of his game, with fatigue very much a part of the equation. At his best, Martin could be a solid-average to plus defensive center fielder, with a plus arm and glove, and enough speed and quickness for at least average range. At the plate, Leonys has the hands and the strength to generate bat speed and make contact, with a good approach and some pop. A gamer with all five tools (though not all the tools are above-average), Martin has the potential to be a first-division player. The Rangers hope that potential defects to the major leagues at some point in 2012.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is this version of Leonys Martin legit?
(Donny from Alaska)
Yes, it's legit. He's still an injury risk, but none of his peripherals suggest that his success is due to an unsustainable run of good luck. Plus, he's right at his physical peak in terms of the traditional aging curve (he's 28), so it's not that unusual to see him reach the ceiling that folks predicted when he was still a prospect. (Scooter Hotz)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper league team decimated by injuries. I traded an expensive Lucroy for a cheaper package of Jurickson Profar, Leonys Martin and Andrelton Simmons. Lunacy or luminosity? Any hope for any of those guys in 2016? Does this count as three questions towards Brett's charity drive?
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
I like that a lot if you weren't keeping Lucroy anyway. Profar is the biggest ceiling guy, but we won't know more until we see him on the field. I still like Martin a lot, and if the BABIP bounces back a little bit he should be OK. Simmons is probably the one who has way more real life value than fantasy; I'm not convinced that power comes back and if it doesn't he's fringy unless you're talking a 20-team dynasty. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What is going on with Leonys Martin? In a season where SBs seem harder to find than ever, what advice do you have for his owners???
( K C from Chillin at home)
Some BABIP fluctuation, although he's down on his hard hit balls. He should pop up, but with Delino Deshields in the fold he might not get the PT. I'd try to sell or drop in shallower redraft leagues. In keeper stash him if you can. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, Is the Rougned Odor move to the top of the lineup an endorsement of his capabilities or simply a lack of qualifications on the part of Andrus and Martin?? How high should we be on Rougy??
(DJ from Dallas )
It's probably a little bit of both, although I think it's more that Elvis Andrus isn't an ideal leadoff guy and Leonys Martin has enough power that they want to push him down. I could see Odor being standard mixed relevant; in only he probably could earn $16-18 at the top end. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Traded Abreu preseason for Donaldson, Alex Wood, and Eduardo Rodiguez. Then I sent Donaldson for Longoria, Gio Gonzalez, Leonys Martin, and Bradley Zimmer. So basically turned Abreu into Wood, E-Rod, Longoria, Gio, Martin, and Zimmer. Smart move, or would you rather take quality over quantity here?
(Alex from Palm Springs)
Impossible to answer without knowing how deep the league is. If it's relatively shallow, I'd take Abreu. If it's deep, and you had lots of holes on your roster, it's pretty good diversification of resources. (Bret Sayre)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)At the risk of getting the side eye from Mau, I am now referring to Leonys Martin as Lenny Martin. Can Lenny be a starting OF in a 12team next year?
(RotoLando from Cloud City)
Depends on the OF depth, but in a standard 5 OF league, he's a starter for me. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Ryan! Any thoughts on Leonys Martin? It's always seemed to my amateur eyes like he has great bat speed and much of his contact is hard, but he can't necessarily predict where the pitch will end up. Accurate?
(Or Moyal from Denton, TX)
Major league pitching is crazy good and Martin won't trim down that hitch and over aggressive coil. There will be moments but consistent production that matches his skills is a stretch for now. (Ryan Parker)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, would you trade Alex Wood and Leonys Martin for Danny Salazar and Matt Kemp?
(birk from Dayton)
I think I would. It's hard taking the down asset in Salazar, but the upside for that trade is a huge win. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you rank the following OFers for ROS?: Leonys Martin, George Springer, Nori Aoki. Springer has the talent, Aoki has the experience, and Leonys might have a bit of both. Your thoughts?
(Frank from Frank's House)
Man, that's a random group of guys. Springer will put up the best fantasy numbers, if that's what you're asking. He's going to be a fantasy stud if you're in traditional leagues that don't care about strikeouts. He's going to hit home runs, steal bases, all the good stuff. Then Aoki then Martin. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)16 team dynasty league. My current OF (3) is a combo of Leonys Martin, Wil Myers, BJ Upton, Nick Swisher, Mike Morse. Ive got an offer of George Springer for my Michael Wacha. Im up in the air on it as I think my rotation (Verlander, Teheran, Ian Kennedy, Chris Tillman, Jose Quintana and Ubaldo) can handle the loss but Im wondering how you see a deal like that shaking out long term? Springers hit tool worries me long term as I could see him being a .240 hitter which impacts his counting stats production as well. What do you see he and Wacha turning into?
(dzemens from Adrian, MI)
I think I would make that deal in a dynasty. Springer's average might never be great, but his power/speed combo in fantasy is enticing and a Raul Mondesi type wouldn't surprise me. I like Wacha a lot, but I see him as more of a 2/3 type than an ace. Springer might not be a top real life hitter but he could be in fantasy because of the speed. I'd make the deal. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not a pitcher but I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Leonys Martin. He seemed to be successful at the minor league level and showed a lot of promise at times this season, but his numbers at this point are meh (though he has a lot of SB's and plays good defense). Can he be an above-average OF or is he maybe just a 4th OF type?
(Kevin from CT)
he's more like a fourth, depending on how you value defense and what you've got (a) elsewhere in your lineup and (b) in the OF corners he could be a regular player. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Paul. Thanks for the chat. Two questions as to who you would choose for dynasty league purposes: Marte or Leonys Martin, and Wilin Rosario or Grandal?
(NY Ray from New York)
Marte, Rosario. And not JUST bc they are both doing better this year. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Some of my fantasy guys are really struggling early. What's your short and long term prognosis for Mike Moustakas? Will Aaron Hicks relax and stick around? Does Lorenzo Cain have what it takes to be a star? Leonys Martin?
(Jim from Seattle)
I like Moustakas, although he's taking his time to develop. Then again, he's only 24, so he's got time. Hicks we've covered, Cain is useful but not exciting. Martin seems like a high-risk/high-reward type, but the sample is so limited at the big-league level, I don't have a good feel for him yet. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rather have Leonys Martin or Lance Lynn in a dynasty league?
(Justin from Chicago)
As is traditional when about to close up shop (ha HA!) we'll do a lightning round which is fun to shout if you over-pronounce "round."

I'll take Lynn. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lots of exciting young outfielders getting a shot this year. Of this group who do you like best for 2013 and beyond?: Lorenzo Cain, Leonys Martin, and Aaron Hicks.
(Jim from Chicago)
I like 'em in that order. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where would Leonys Martin rank if eligible?
(rangermad from tx)
Top 101. Easy. Probably in 60-80 range (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think wins the CF job in Texas and will they have any fantasy value?
(CalMcEwen from Fort Worth)
I'm interested in Leonys Martin if he wins it. Gentry has speed but is better off in a reserve role (Jason Collette)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that it appears the Rangers won't be adding any position players before the season, do you foresee a full-time role for Leonys Martin in center? Or will he split time with Craig Gentry? I assume Jurickson Profar will start the year in AAA. What about Mike Olt?
(Jon from Texas)
I think Gentry still gets some burn. He did well vs. LHP and his D is awesome. I think both start in AAA barring injuries. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Leonys Martin, thought?
(grandslam28 from Chicago)
I think he's got a shot to be a nice everyday center fielder. Guessing he'll push Craig Gentry for considerable playing time in short order, and is a big reason why the Rangers never became serious players for Michael Bourn. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Rangers would you go with Cuban prospect Leonys Martin in center or go after Bourn?
(Jon from Alexandria, LA)
Thanks for your question, Jon from Alexandria, LA. It isn't that easy. We don't know how the Rangers evaluate Martin's candidacy for the Majors in 2013. We also do not know what Jon Daniels' budget is in 2013. Plus, Bourn would cost the Rangers a first round selection. These are two talented guys, but there is more to it than just picking a guy over another since they have different sets of concerns. (Dan Evans)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Great chat, Professor. I had a question regarding Leonys Martin and his projection in the majors. How do his tools grade out and where do you see his ML potential at?
(Andy from Chicago)
I think he can develop into a starting CF at the major league level. He has explosive bat speed (people seem to ignore this or forget it). He will be able to hit for batting average with good secondary skills (some on-base ability, speed, and pop). He's not a monster; rather, he's more of a 5 role player that can bring all five tools into the game. I'm a big fan. I hope he gets a long look in Texas. (Jason Parks)
2012-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)totally hypothetical and obviously would never happen, but tigers have like zero infield prospects and rangers could probably use some closer talent/youth in the OF (unless you believe in leonys). would a profar -castellanos deal pique your interest, if you were the rangers?
(DeathSpeculum from tiger town)
Why would the Rangers trade the number one prospect in baseball, a guy who plays a premium position, for a lesser prospect who doesn't project to play a premium position at the highest level? It's bad business. Never sell your soul to fill one position of need. Outfield spots are much easier to fill than finding major league quality shortstops. I also like Leonys Martin; not to be a star, but a major league regular. (Jason Parks)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have most of my FAAB budgeted in my keeper league for late-season prospect call ups. Guys like Hultzen, Bauer, Skaggs, and Arenado are all taken already. Who's a good bet to be called up that's not on everyone's radar (that's worth a sizable bid)?
(Don H. from Oak Park)
I'm assuming you can't bid on guys in-season until they're recalled? Anthony Rizzo, Jed Gyorko, Julio Teheran are pretty good bets for call-ups this year. Maybe Andrelton Simmons if Pastornicky fails. Leonys Martin could be up at some point late, especially if we see some Texas injuries (Hamilton and Cruz are bound to go down at some point). Wil Myers could get a September call-up. Matt Harvey could too. (Derek Carty)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Before recommending Leonys Martin, note that he just had thumb surgery and is out for a couple months.
(George from KC)
Yes, true. That reader was looking for long-term plays, though, so if Martin gets a September call, he could be picked up in that keeper league. (Derek Carty)
2012-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Professor, how good do you think Leonys Martin is going to be?
(Justin from Chicago, IL)
Most likely a solid-average player; could be a 6 if everything becomes everything (Jason Parks)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Derek, thanks for the chat. Many people know I am better performer in the second half of season career-wise. Would you mind name more players you consider worth monitoring or even prospects who could have a big showing?
(Adam Laroche from National Capital)
Sorry, Adam, but I don't buy the whole first-half/second-half thing for most players. As far as prospects that could be recalled and make an impact go, there are a lot of guys that could fit the bill. To name a few: Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Trevor Bauer, Joe Benson, Joe Wieland, Robbie Erlin, Leonys Martin, Tyler Skaggs, Jacob Turner, Brad Peacock, Jarrod Parker, Nolan Arenado, Danny Hultzen, and Brett Jackson. (Derek Carty)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rangers' starting outfield next year is...
(Or Moyal from Denton)
Ian Kinsler, Leonys Martin, and Nelson Cruz (Jason Parks)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I had Leonys Martin penciled in as a keeper for a starting OF spot this year, but Ron Washington now says otherwise. Any thoughts on AL minor leaguers who might be making an impact come June/July?
(ChuckR from Chicago)
Wash said as long as guys stay healthy, which is impossible for Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. Martin is very near the top of such a list. Also, Mike Trout's a possibility given injuries or trades, Joe Benson in Minnesota, Jacob Turner (if he doesn't start the year with the team), the Oakland pitchers (Peacock, Parker, Milone to a lesser extent), and Danny Hultzen for Seattle. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why no Leonys Martin? How close was he? Thanks
(Ryan from GR)
I like him, just not Top 101 enough. Underwhelming secondary skills. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know you are really familiar with the Rangers, can you tell us more about Leonys Martin? What kind of speed and power potential do you see him having in Texas?
(Steve from Huntington Beach)
Not a burner, more like a guy with quick feet who is probably a 50/55 runner. Good power, not a light-tower freak show. Should be able to utilize a gap-to-gap approach with some bombs and lots of doubles. (Jason Parks)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hope you can help me! In an AL-only dynasty league, which of these prospects would you NOT trade for JJ Hardy to fill a dire need at SS - Leonys Martin, Travis D'Arnaud, Dellin Betances, Matt Moore, Neil Ramirez, Anthony Gose
(jtanker33 from Dayton)
If you're all in for this season, then Moore is the only one I'd say is untouchable. That said, you shouldn't need to deal some of these other guys for Hardy either. D'Arnaud and Betances should be taken off the table if at all possible. I'd try to deal Ramirez first. (Derek Carty)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Leonys Martin, and do you think he will make an impact (defense and speed, specifically) on the Texas lineup? If so, what happens to Julio Borbon?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
I think Martin is going to be a very good player. Does anyone actually care what happens to Julio Borbon (aside from Mrs. Borbon, if there is one)? (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm considering fathering another child and naming it Leonys Martin (Morris). Undecided so far on changing my own last name to Martin. Sound like a good idea?
(Adam J. Morris from Houston, TX)
I think Morris-Martin sounds like either 1) a Law Firm, 2) A badass cocktail with flamed orange peel, 3) A car I couldn't afford, or 4) The PTBNL in the Johnny Whittleman deal (Jason Parks)
2011-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Derek, gotta admit I was worried when Marc left, but you've continued to make fantasy coverage a bright spot for the site. Wondering about which call-ups over the next few weeks you think will have the biggest fantasy impact. Specifically, players like Montero who haven't been called up yet and may still be available. Thanks.
(DanDaMan from The Vineyard)
Thanks, Dan. I really appreciate the kind words.

We've seen most of the big names called up over the past couple weeks with guys like Goldschmidt, Lawrie, Trayon Robinson, and others getting the call. A few others still left in the minors that could prove valuable are Montero, Leonys Martin, Brett Jackson (if he continues hitting), Brad Peacock, Devin Mesoraco (if someone gets injured in Cincy), and maybe Matt Moore, especially with Alex Cobb done for the year. (Derek Carty)
2011-06-03 16:00:00 (link to chat)Where would Leonys Martin go if he were eligible in this draft?
(tb3nn3tt from OKC)
Middle of the first somewhere? (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-05-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mr. Collette - :) Leonys Martin? Worth 15.5M?
(Byron from McKinney)
Not a bad price for him but but curious that he got the major league deal with the big signing bonus. (Jason Collette (note time))
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of the '80s Chicago music scene, Eleventh Dream Day - criminally underrated. What exactly happens in extended spring training that Leonys Martin was sent there rather than to Frisco?
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
Not sure I'm going go criminally there. What happens in extended is that the kid can get his feet wet in professional baseball and adjust to be in Estadas Unidos out of the spotlight. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Inevitable question about Leonys Martin in 3....2....1...
(Rob from Alaska)
I've heard very good things about Martin. He can play a good CF (good routes/arm/quickness), he has wheels, and his approach at the plate is mature. That's a very good player. If the bat can make the transition against quality pitching, Martin could be a great player. It's a great sign for the Rangers. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Leonys Martin? Are the Rangers any closer to signing him and where would they likely send him? And what do you think about his bat as there are varying opinions on it.
(chadham from Austin, TX)
The deal should get done, but there's always some legal hurdles with these kind of deal. Good run, good CF, good bat. Think Julio Borbon with a good approach. (Kevin Goldstein)


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