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Marc Hullet at Fangraphs had this to say:
"In the field, Martin shines. He has good range, outstanding instincts and an above-average arm that was given a 70 rating on the 20-to-80 scout scale."
Pretty interesting given that Wash seems to indicate that he doesn't believe Martin to be ready to man the OF on a consistent basis.
Wash never said any such thing. The Rangers have said they feel a platton would maximize both of them.
From what I can gather, Hullet is just a long-tenured writer at Fangraphs - not a scout. And it also looks like he's given rundowns of many other teams' farm systems so I'm going out on a limb and saying Hullet is doing his best to jigsaw a scouting report together based on second-hand information and some stats he's privy to.
Since this is the first report I've seen claiming Martin has "outstanding instincts" I'll reserve judgement on the accuracy of this evaluation until spring training.
Also, Wash is on the record in several places voicing his opinion Martin hasn't met his ML outfield standards yet and even pulled him in a few late game situations last year. Martin isn't trusted yet.
I suspect the Rangers confidently share the view of the article, but are publicly keeping expectations low. They seem to be doing the same thing with Olt and Profar. Seems smart to me.
@utbFirst off, thanks for a real [baseball] post.Maybe we can get intelligent retorts more often than not? I'm impressed with Leonys. He's a little hesitant, but I think that may play on theside of being in the States and adapting to the different lifestyle. It's pretty common.Spring Training ought to be a good theater for Leonys. I'll be there watching/grading.He shows all the tools, but...
He has all the tools to be an All Star type player. The Org has put money & faith inMartin. If Wash plays him in a platoon with Gentry, our Center will be a power zonedefensively. Finally, both these guys are hawks in the field, with good guns for arms.
I'm looking forward to seeing his upward growth against MLB pitching.If I was to buy one Ranger jersey, it would be Martin's. I think he may evebtuallyunseat Kinsler at leadoff. At least I'd like to see him there, if he can handle the sliders,curves and inside fastballs.
I hope you guys are right everything I have read says he should be a good hitter but his fielding instincts are suspect at best. Takes bad routs, bad jumps and has a hard time reading the ball off the bat. Basically all the same thing. If this report is right though I fell a whole lot better about the outfield.
The only way Martin will get better at CF is with him actually getting some playing time, which I think he will this year. I see him before the end of the season taking over CF full time.
I hope Martin puts it all together this year. From what little i've seen he looks unsure fielding--but he has a big upside according to scouts.
Gentry was very impressive to me. He is an outstanding fielder and he hit better than i expected.
But now Wash is threatening us with Borbon again!
I just have a hard time believing that a kid who has played CF for as long as Martin has played there has poor instincts and can't read the ball off the bat. Generally, players with those types of problems get moved out of CF in a hurry.
I'm hoping that Texas begins the season with a platoon in CF and that Martin takes sole possession by June.
Borbon either makes it to MLB. Goes away via Rule 5 or goes in a package deal. He's outta options.I don't see him beating out Gentry or Martin. With his rag arm, Borbon is certainly not a Corner OFr.
Rule 5 isn't an option. Since that draft has already taken place and he couldn't be drafted because he was on the Rangers' 40-man, and, since he is out of Options, he either makes the team out of ST or he just ... goes... away. The Rangers would have to release him outright unless he agrees to go back to AAAA (not a misprint).
I think people overrate Wash's "dislike" of Martin. All the outfielders were playing well last year, with the exception of Cruz. I can't see many managers force feeding a kid PAs just to do it when his OF is one of the strong parts of the team last year.
Wash didn't just fail to give Martin at-bats. He also said that Martin needed a lot of work defensively before he would be a legit option in the OF.
Just read an article that has a Wash quote that defense is the strongest part of Martin's game right now. If Wash feels he needs alot of work defensively, and that's the strongest part of his game, Wash must not think all that much of Martin as he stands right now.
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