Michael Choice #15 of the Texas Rangers singles against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 14, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.
Michael Choice has had a rough go of things in his first season as a full-time major leaguer after coming to the Texas Rangers via trade from the Oakland A's.
But in recent games, when the team has looked for anyone not named Adrian Beltre or Alex Rios to hit the ball, Choice is starting to have a little success, especially in the power department.
Over the last five games, Choice has blasted three home runs, including one in Monday night's blowout loss to the Indians. Over his last 13 games, Choice has 11 hits, including four homers and three doubles, good for a .262 batting average over that span.
It might not sound great, but that stretch has brought his season average up from .196 to .211. It's clear that if all were well and the Rangers weren't riddled with injuries, Choice would be best served playing every day in Round Rock and facing Triple-A pitching.
But that's not the case, and Choice is playing basically every day in the bigs. He's struggled mightily at times, but he's also getting a taste of success and living up to his billing as a promising prospect that was acquired for fan favorite Craig Gentry this winter.