Leonys Martin, Outfield, Detroit Tigers
Date of Birth: 3/6/1988
Birthplace: Villa Clara, Cuba
Leonys Martin, outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, played baseball in Cuba before defecting to the United States in 2010. In May, 2011, he signed a five-year, $15.5 million contract with the Texas Rangers. He played in the Rangers' minor league system in 2011 and 2012, playing in just 8 games with the Rangers in 2011 and 24 games in 2012. He ended his minor league career with a .323 batting average.
In 2013, Martin batted. 260 with 119 hits, 21 doubles, and 36 stolen bases in 147 games with the Rangers. As a center fielder, he made 287 putouts and 5 errors with a .983 fielding percentage in 127 games. He finished the 2014 season with 146 hits, 31 stolen bases, and a .274 batting average in 155 games.
Martin played in 95 games with the Rangers in 2015. He finished with a .219 batting average and 63 hits. As a center fielder in 92 games, he made 218 putouts and 1 error.
Martin was traded to the Seattle Mariners on November 16, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with 128 hits, 17 doubles, 15 home runs, 24 stolen bases, 47 RBIs, and a .247 batting average in 143 games. Defensively, as the Mariners' center fielder in 143 games, he made 353 putouts and 3 errors.
The Mariners designated Martin for assignment on August 23, 2017. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs on August 31st. He finished the 2017 season with a .172 batting average in 34 games with the Mariners and 15 games with the Cubs. Defensively, he played 4 games in left field, 20 games in center field, and 19 games in right field. He also pitched in one game. In the postseason, he had no hits and 1 run in 3 at-bats in 5 games.
Martin became a free agent on November 6, 2017. He signed with the Tigers on December 5, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Martin through 2017 include:
- 621 games played
- 489 hits
- 115 stolen bases
- 176 RBIs
- 482 strikeouts to 139 walks
- .247 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Martin as a center fielder through 2017 include:
- 556 games played
- 1,358 putouts
- 18 errors
- .987 fielding percentage