SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 08: Craig Gentry #23 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of an interleague game at AT&T Park on June 8, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Coming into the spring, the burning question in Rangerland was how the Texas Rangers would replace Josh Hamilton's production in center field, and after it became apparent the club wasn't going to go the free agency route, fans began to familiarize themselves with the options in-house.
One was already a familiar face in Craig Gentry, and the other was a highly touted prospect in Leonys Martin, who it was decided would platoon in center — taking away the power aspect but hopefully adding another dynamic of speed and baserunning.
Then in Arizona, both players had tremendous spring training runs in the Cactus League, adding some excitement. But since the season began, neither player has done much of anything at the plate. The Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley pointed out an interesting fact, that the Rangers' centerfielders haven't produced an RBI yet this season — one of just seven positions on a big-league team that is yet to drive in a run this season.
Martin is hitting .174 with six strikeouts and two walks and Gentry is hitting .211 with seven strikeouts and six walks, though he is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. On the season, the duo is a combined 8-for-42 and hasn't driven in a single run.
After the spring both players had, the Rangers were hoping for much more than this from the position.