Jun 7, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder
(2) singles in two runs against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
The bright spot in the lineup for June has easily been Leonys Martin. Martin is hitting .375/.444/.406 for the month and has been an impact although he has score only two runs. While two runs is lower than seven other players who have played in June, Martin is at a disadvantage than those early in the lineup who have the power hitters being them.
While he came back down to Earth a little, Martin still managed to hit .316/.409/.368 this week with six hits in 19 ABs. One thing that has set him apart from many hitters this month has been that he has struck out in just 13.9% of his plate appearances. With a .444 BABIP for the month, expect a likely trend towards the slash that he put up this week rather than what he has put up overall for the month.
While Martin struggled batting first this season, hitting just .229/.261/.305 in 24 games, he has only done so twice since he was take out of that role back in early May. With the struggles the team is having at the top of the lineup, it may be time to give Martin a chance to take this hot streak to the leadoff spot and allow him to see if he can get on-base at a higher percentage than either Choo or DeShields have managed.
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