Jun 5, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder
(2) scores against Kansas City Royals catcherSalvador Perez
(13) on a single by Rangers catcherRobinson Chirinos
in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
3. Leonys Martin
It is starting to seem like Leonys Martin is finding his swing again after a rough month of May in which he hit .209/.250/.358. Martin had lost his center field starting spot to Delino DeShields and it was only a matter of time before he was off to another team or sent to the minors.
With the recent injury to Hamilton, the need for Martin in the outfield grew and he got his second chance to show he was an important part of the team. Martin has taken full advantage of the opportunity and is making this outfield more clogged than anybody would have thought possible in April. This past week, Martin hit .381/.409/.429 with eight hits in his 21 at-bats. Martin added four RBI, four runs, and two stolen bases to his line for the week.
While there has been talk of rushing Kyle Blanks and Ryan Rua to the majors or even some thinking Gallo will stay to play left, the job Martin has done this past week may have the Rangers changing their minds. If Martin can continue to play close to the level he was at this week then he could be a vital part of the offense as well as combining with DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo as one of the faster outfields in the MLB.
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