Time To Take Notice
One asset that Martin possesses is speed. While he isn’t Ricky Henderson, he has 12 stolen bases this year, and more importantly has only been caught twice. Currently, he’s stolen 9 in a row without being caught. Compare that to Elvis who has 16 stolen bases with 2 caught stealings, but who has 145 more plate appearances. Leonys doesn’t have game changing speed. But he is equipped with enough speed to be able to steal when he wants or lay down the bunt hit, like we witnessed last night. Leonys also has 4 triple so far, which is good enough for 10th in all of MLB.
Defensively, Leonys is still learning to play the outfield at the Major League level. He’s going to get the occasional bad jump or take a crazy route to try to catch a fly ball. However, what he lacks in defensive ability, he makes up for with that rocket strapped to his right shoulder. Martin already has 5 outfield assists in 2013, which leads the team and ties him for 5th in the AL. He has three assists from CF, one from RF and one from LF.
Leonys is learning to play the game at this level. He’s been fun to watch over the first 75 games of the year and he’ll be fun to watch for the remainder of the season. He is going to make a few errors, go into a slump and look terrible at the plate a few times. Remember, Leonys is only 25 years old and limited playing time in pro ball. Be patient, Ranger fans…..Leonys Martin has the talent to be a special player in Arlington.
96 career games. 244 career plate appearances.
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