Jun 25, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin (2) collides with outfielder Joey Gallo (13) while making a catch in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Martin will hold on to his spot on the Not list after another tough week. Martin hit .095/.136/.238 and has left fans wondering where the Martin from the beginning of the month has gone. For the season, Martin is now hitting .223/.266/.330 which are all significantly below his career averages.
The only improvement that Martin has showed this season is he has added some power to his bat, which may be coming at the expense of the rest of his hitting. He has hit five home runs in 251 at-bats this season after hitting 7 in 583 at-bats in 2014. This has been Martin’s worst hitting season of his career and has not made up for it with his defense in center field as he had done in the past.
At this point, the Rangers are in need of the return of Delino DeShields Jr. to take back over center field and back into the lineup. While Martin will likely remain on the roster as he provides speed and experience off the bench, he will likely not be seeing regular playing time when this outfield is at full strength.
Also considered for this spot: Joey Gallo, who hit just .222/.263/.33 with nine strikeouts and zero home runs in 18 ABs.
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