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Martin Doubles, Steals First Big-League Bag



    Leonys Martin has been a hot name amongst Rangers fans and followers of the club's farm system for the past year, since he was signed as a Cuban prospect — the first Cuban the Rangers have signed in team history.

    He was seen as the center fielder of the future as the Rangers had plans to shift Josh Hamilton to left field to help preserve his health and has quickly escalated up the Rangers' farm ranks and was hitting .344 and a .414 on-base percentage for Triple-A Round Rock this season before being called up on Friday in place of Hamilton, who was hospitalized with a pesky stomach virus.

    On Monday night, once again in the starting lineup, Martin got his first hit of 2012 in the bigs with a sharp double to the gap. Shortly thereafter, Martin took off and stole third base before being stranded.

    Martin's days in Arlington are likely numbered with Hamilton set to return if not tonight, very soon. With Craig Gentry's stellar season so far, the Rangers have their fourth outfielder.

    Besides, let Martin go back down to Round Rock and continue getting everyday at-bats and we can re-visit this in September when he'll be called back up (barring anymore injuries).