"Martin is a very good baseball player and he certainly has the ceiling to get better," Washington said. "How good? I think we'll just have to wait and see."
Martin continues to split playing time in center field with Craig Gentry as he learns how to adjust to a 162-game schedule. However, his playing time has been on the rise lately because his offensive production has taken off. Martin has started eight of the last 10 games through Wednesday and has hit safely in seven straight (.381).
Still, Washington feels Martin has plenty of room to improve offensively.
"I think he's still trying to find that," Washington said. "The thing is he's getting comfortable and getting his confidence together, and that's the key."
Martin's main drawback earlier in the season was his timeshare with Craig Gentry in center field. But Martin has started seven of the last eight games for the Rangers, and, with the regular playing time, is proving to be a solid regular. Gentry, hitting .250 with six steals, has started two games since May 12.
Martin, who hit .323 in 533 minor league at-bats, could be a nice source of steals, average and might be able to contribute a handful of home runs (in just over 500 minor league at-bats, he hit 16). Momentum is shifting in Martin's direction, but -- more importantly -- he's getting the playing time. Owned in just 27 percent of leagues, Martin is a smart grab for an astute owner in 12-team Roto leagues and deeper.
Martin was also caught stealing for the second time this season Thursday. He has hit .268/.326/.390 in 89 plate appearances and appears to be warming up on the basepaths.
Martin got the start in right field, and went 2 for 4. In the top of the fifth, Martin took a slider out to right field for his second home run of the season. In 70 at-bats, Martin is hitting .271/.338/.414.
Martin, who has appeared in 29 games (17 starts), is batting .262 with a .333 on-base percentage, one home run, four RBI and nine runs.
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
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|2012||AAA-Round Rock Express||55||231||48||83||18||2||12||42||24||39||10||9||.422||.610||.359|
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