Sep 25, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin (2) laughs after the victory over the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Rangers’ Leonys Martin could be ready for breakout


Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin catches a ball hit by Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Delmon Young (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

 


One thing I often like to do before I draft is to scan ADP numbers and look for a guy or two that I wouldn’t mind getting in the spots they are being currently drafted in.

I also like to find a few guys who I feel will produce better numbers than the round they are being drafted in.

did that earlier by looking at Los Angeles Angels’ second baseman Howie Kendrick and I feel the same about Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin.

Martin had a decent debut in 2013; however, I expect even bigger things for him in 2014 as he is one of my candidates to have a breakout season in 2014.

He is going to start in center field for the Rangers and bat ninth, but his spot in the order shouldn’t matter as much for a Rangers team that is going to throw a very potent offense out there on a nightly basis.

Martin posted a .260/.313/.385 slash line in 2013 with eight homers and 36 steals. His average was kept down by a 20.5 K%, despite his .319 BABIP.

There’s plenty of reasons why I think Martin could break out and the first is that he has demonstrated better strike zone control in the minors and, with a full year’s experience under his belt, I would anticipate the K% to drop and the BA to increase.

I also expect him to hit a few more homers as well. He hit 12 homers in only 260 at bats in Triple-A in 2012.

He’s going to end up as a cheap source of five category production, which is fantastic for you if you are getting Martin according to his 13th round ADP.

I project Martin to hit .280 with 65-70 runs scored with 12-15 homers, 65 RBI and 30-35 steals.

That may not be a huge breakout for Martin, but I expect him to end up one of the more valuable fantasy outfielders when it is all said and done. If you can nab him between rounds 10-13 as your third or fourth outfielder, you will be doing yourself a favor.

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