SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 28: Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run homer against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Safeco Field on August 28, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
As reports surface that Shin-Soo Choo could be slipping away due to a high price tag, the possibility of Leonys Martin being the Texas Rangers' leadoff hitter are ever-increasing.
With Ian Kinsler gone and Elvis Andrus seemingly more fit and comfortable as a No. 2 hitter, Martin would be the natural fit atop the Rangers' order as he had a nice month-long run as the team's leadoff hitter last season before tailing off late in the season — his first as a regular.
“We certainly hope that what Leonys achieved last season, he can build on,” Washington told The Dallas Morning News. “The season was quite an experience for him learning to play the game under control for the first time in his career. We are looking for big things from him in 2014. And Martin is looking for big things from himself.”
Washington also went on record saying he'd rather see the Rangers' front office go after a power bat than a leadoff bat, seemingly a pretty big vote of confidence for the young Martin.