Full name LEONYS MARTIN...Wife, Yaimira Perez...Kids: Dilan, Kristen, Leonys Liam...Played for Cuba in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, hitting .286 (2-for-7) with three runs scored in five games...Played locally for Villa Clara of the Cuban National Series, and for the Cuban national baseball team in international competitions...While in Taiwan for the 2010 World University Baseball Championship, defected from Cuba in order to become a free agent...On June 25, 2018, became a naturalized United States citizen.
Trade deadline target made an immediate impact after his July 31 acquisition, appearing in six games before being felled by a bacterial infection that required a stint in the intensive care unit and subsequently ended his season...Was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic during the early morning hours of August 9 after falling violently ill with a bacterial blood infection that produced toxins that adversely affected the functionality of many of his internal organs...After making great strides at the Clinic, he was released on August 19...Was declared out for 2018 on Aug. 22 in order to allow his body and organs the ability to recover one-to-two months without the rigors of strenuous exercise associated with baseball activity, returning home to Weston, FL....Played well in his brief stint with the club, hitting safely in four of his six contests (club was 4-2)...Homered in back-to-back games, August 3-4 vs. the LA Angels...Appeared in five games in center (four starts) and one game in right field for the club...Was acquired from Detroit on July 31 with RHP Kyle Dowdy for INF Willi Castro…At the time of the trade was tied for first in the A.L. with nine outfield assists...His 11 homers were his second most in a single season (15 in '16)...Missed time from May 8-17 and July 2-20 on the 10-day D.L. with a left hamstring strain while with the Tigers...Batted .251 (76-303) w/15 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 29 RBI and 45 runs for Detroit in 78 games…Notched his second career leadoff home run in the first game of the doubleheader on April 25 at Pittsburgh, followed by a two-run homer in the second game...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Tiger to homer in both games of a DH since Don Kelly on October 1, 2010 at Baltimore...Crushed the first grand slam of his Major League career on April 19 vs. Baltimore (off Mike Wright Jr.) in the 5th inning...Tied career highs in runs scored (3) and RBI (4).
Began the 2017 season with the Seattle Mariners, before being acquired by the Chicago Cubs on August 31...Hit safely in 12 straight games with Triple A Tacoma from July 15-27...batted .340 (17x50) with eight runs scored, three doubles, one triple, one home run and eight RBI during the streak...Posted a .333 (71x213) batting average with 41 runs scored, 16 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 28 RBI in 51 games with Tacoma in June and July...Made his first career pitcing appearance in his Cubs debut on September 4 at Pittsburgh, allowing two runs in 0.2 innings...marked his first career pitching appearance...Notched his first hit and RBI with the Cubs on September 9 vs. Milwaukee, going 1x3 with a RBI double.
Totals - Hit .247 (128x518) with 72 runs, 17 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs, 47 RBI and 24 steals in 143 games....Career Year - Career-highs in runs (72), home runs (15), walks (44), total bases (196) and strikeouts (149)....Center Cut - One of 4 center fielders in the Majors to record at least 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases
(also: Ian Desmond-TEX, Odubel Herrera-PHI & Mike Trout-LAA)....Speed Racer - Had 24 stolen bases, his 3rd season with 20+ steals in last 4 years (2014 w/TEX: 31 SB & 2013 w/TEX: 36 SB)...Exist to Assist - Ranked 2nd among American League center fielders with 11 outfield assists…trailed only Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. (13)...Walk-Offs - One of 14 players in club history with multiple walk-off homers in single season; vs. Oakland's Ryan Madson on May 24 and Chicago-AL's Dan Jennings July 20... Let There Be Light - Ranked 10th in the AL with a .325 (53x163) average during day games....On a Roll - Season-high 9-game hit streak, May 17-25 (.500/15x30)... Red Hot - Twice equaled a career-high with 4 hits (5/22 at CIN & 9/12 at LAA)... Double Up - Career-best 3 doubles on Sept. 12 at Los Angeles-AL (4x4, 3 R, 3 2B)... On the DL - Placed on 15-day disabled list on May 27 (retroactive to May 26) after leaving the game on May 25 with a strained left hamstring…activated from the DL on June 10.
Totals - Hit .219 (63x288) with 12 doubles, 5 home runs and 25 RBI in 95 games in two stints with Texas. ... Up & Down - Hit .198 (24x121) in his first 31 games of the season…hit .347 (26x75) with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 13 RBI over next 23 games before hitting .141 (13x92) over his final 41 games of the season. ... Minor Recap - With AAA Round Rock, hit .297 (11x37) with 7 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI in 9 games after being optioned Aug. 3. ... The Injury - Suffered hamate fracture on his right hand Aug. 13 vs. Colorado Springs… spent remainder of season on Round Rock's disabled list…underwent surgery on Aug. 26 to remove the hamate bone. ... The Return - Activated from minor league disabled list and recalled to Texas on Sept. 20 but made only one appearance, Sept. 28 vs. Detroit as a defensive replacement. ... Cannon - Despite appearing in 92 MLB games, was T5th in A.L. with 13 outfield assists
Led the A.L. with 17 bunt hits, 2nd most in the majors (20-Dee Gordon, LAD) and also ranked among the league leaders in infield hits (2nd, 32), CS (2nd, 12), stolen bases (T5th, 31), and triples (T8th, 7)...topped the Rangers in stolen bases and sacrifice hits (7), was 2nd in games (155), multi-hit games (40), and triples (tied), and placed 3rd in at bats (533), runs (68), hits (146), and batting average (.274)...established career bests for average, games, at bats, runs, hits, triples, and walks (39)...started 140 games in center and one as the DH.
In first full major league season, led the American League with 11 bunt hits, was 2nd in sacrifice bunts (12), ranked 5th in stolen bases (36), tied for 6th in triples (6), and was 8th in infield hits (25)…was 2nd on the club in steals, tied for 3rd in games (147), was 4th in runs (66), and placed 5th in hits (119)… started 109 games in center, 11 in right, and 5 in left…his 14 outfield assists were the 3rd most for a Ranger in 22 years… his 109 starts in CF were most by a Ranger since Julio Borbon had 121 in 2010.
Started 12 games in center and one in left over 3 different stints with the Rangers...was 6-for-19 (.316) in his 1st 6 games but just 2-for-27 (.074) in his final 18 contests...was recalled from Round Rock (AAA) on June 15...went 5-for-11 with 5 RBI in 3-game span, June 24-27...had a double and triple in the same game on both June 24 and 27...became just the 4th player since 1918 to accomplish that feat twice in his 1st 14 ML games: Babe Ganzel, WAS in 1927; Johnny Blatnik, PHI-NL in 1948; Gary Ward, MIN in 1980...was just 1-for-15 in his next 9 games and was optioned to Round Rock on July 30 with a .189 average in 15 games/11 starts...was recalled on Aug. 17 and was 0-for-1 with a walk in 2 pinch-hit appearances before returning to the Express on Aug. 20...joined the Rangers for remainder of season on Sept. 1 and went 1-for-8 in 7 games/2 starts...was successful on all 3 of his steal tries and is 4-for-4 in his ML career...did not make an error in 40 total chances in 18 overall games in the outfield...was 1-for-16 on the road...was hitless in 4 pinch at bats...ROUND ROCK: Batted .359 (83-231) with 12 homers and 42 RBI in 55 games with the Express, seeing action in both left and center fields...had the highest batting average of any player on the club, placed 2nd in steals (10), and was 4th in homers...was on the DL with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, May 2-June 6...hit safely in 28 of his last 30 games at .374 (49-131) with a .412 (28-68) mark in final 15 contests...had a 12-game hitting streak at .444 (24-54), August 5-22 with season high 5 hits, August 22 vs. Nashville...hit .394 (61-155) vs. RHP and .289 (27-76) vs. LHP...had a .344 (32-93) average at Dell Diamond and a .370 (51-138) road mark...drove in 14 runs in 7-game span, August 11-21...named the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for August, playing 24 games and ranking among the Triple-A leaders in extra-base hits (T2nd, 17), batting (3rd, .379), home runs (T8th, 7), and RBI (T14th, 20)...WINTER BALL: Played 37 games for Licey in the Dominican Winter League, batting .253 (37-146) with 5 doubles, a triple, 4 home runs, 19 RBI, 16 walks, and 22 runs...batted .293 (24-82) over first 21 games and .203 (13-64) over final 16 contests...last game was Dec. 2.
Combined to hit .295 (89-302) with 4 home runs, 16 doubles, 5 triples, 53 runs scored, and 42 RBI in 73 games with theArizona League Rangers, Frisco (AA), and Round Rock (AAA)...had composite figures of .362 on-base pct. and .421 sluggingpct....was 19-for-30 (63.3%) on stolen base attempts...after signing in May, was sent to the Rangers' minor league complex in Surprise, AZ for several days of workouts before assignment to Friscoon May 10.
Played for Cuba's national team during the FISUWorld University Championships in July and August of 2010 in Taiwan.
Played for Cuba in the 2009 WorldPort Tournament at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, hitting .310 with7 RBI...was Cuba's 4th outfielder in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, going 2-for-7 with 3 runs scored while appearing 5 of team's6 total games in Mexico City and San Diego.