Bannister met with the media and announced that he was committed to Martin at the top of the order, against both right-handed pitchers and southpaws.
Martin led off 35 games for the Rangers last year. He hit 32 points lower against left-handers.
The Rangers intend to take a long look at Martin in the leadoff spot this spring to see if they can move Shin-Soo Choo to a more traditional “production” spot in the batting order, manager Jeff Banister said.
“I want to make sure that mentally he is prepared to be able to lock down the leadoff spot vs. both right-handers and lefties,” Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. “He does possess the skills to jump start our offense.”
Martin had a .354 on-base percentage in 164 plate appearances in the leadoff spot last year.
Martin said he focused this offseason on getting better jumps when running.
“It was 100 percent concentration on my baserunning,” Martin said of his offseason work. “I’ve got to do a better job.”
Martin added he also hopes to spend more time in the leadoff spot this season. He had a .354 on-base percentage in 164 plate appearances batting leadoff in 2014.
“I’ve been leadoff all the time in my career,” Martin said. “I’m ready.”
"I want to see Marty play," interim manager Tim Bogar, who took over for Ron Washington Friday, said. "I want to know that he's going to be our everyday center fielder next year."
Martin went 3 for 4 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored. He's now batting .230 against lefties compared to .295 against righties.
"I'm just trying to keep fighting every single at-bat," Martin said, per FOX Sports Southwest. "Sometimes I need to try and see as many pitches as I can to get on base. That's my job."
Rangers manager Ron Washington explained Martin's struggles are due to the fact he has been chasing bad pitches and pulling most of the pitches when he does make contact. He has become a predictable hitter.
"He's just got to make an adjustment, that's all," Washington said. "When you're young and inexperienced like Martin is, although he's been three and this is his fourth year, he's still inexperienced. The league makes adjustments. He's got to make adjustments. Marty's just slow in making adjustments. He's just got to make a little adjustment, swing at better pitches and don't try to do too much with the pitches that he's seen."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs Oakland|
|vs Gray (Career)||13||2||0||.154||.313||.154|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||AAA-Round Rock Express||40||175||27||46||7||1||0||17||11||24||9||2||.316||.314||.263|
|2012||AAA-Round Rock Express||55||231||48||83||18||2||12||42||24||39||10||9||.422||.610||.359|
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