In the past, Craig Gentry has gone to spring training with hopes of just making the team. This year, he comes to Surprise, Arizona with the knowledge that he has a very real shot at a starting position in the Rangers’ outfield.
"I've got a chance to be a solid everyday player," Gentry said Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News. "In years past, I've had to scratch and fight just to try and make the team."
The key to Gentry emerging as an everyday player--as he’ll tell you, himself--is offense. His speed and defensive prowess are really beyond reproach, but in order to win a starting role, he will have to continue making the kind of strides we saw, albeit in a limited fashion, in 2011--when he posted a .347 OBP.
"I need to put together consistent quality at-bats," he said. "If I can get on base and make things happen, I can do some things."