The adventure continues for Julio Borbon.
Borbon had trouble on some balls hit to centerfield in the Rangers 3-1 loss to the A’s on Friday, now more heat could be coming his way. The fly ball drop he had on opening day against Boston after the Rangers gave him the keys to the centerfield spot already lead to questions about his defense -- since then, Borbon has been under a microscope and Friday night didn’t really help.
Borbon dropped a fly ball hit to deep center by Daric Barton in the third inning. That would come back to haunt the Rangers as Barton would come around to score on Kurt Suzuki’s RBI single. It seemed Borbon had trouble tracking the fly from the start, but his speed allowed him to catch up to it. He just couldn’t squeeze it into his glove. That missed opportunity came after another hit to shallow center earlier in the game. The ball landed about two feet in front of Borbon despite his dive, clearly one he didn't have a shot at. You can't really knock the hustle on the play, but it almost led to damage.
In fairness, Borbon has been solid in center to this point, aside from the aforementioned errors. Some are just worried that that tracking trouble may become a trend. If Borbon can turn his .218 batting average around soon and provide stellar defense, what happened in April will stay in April.