Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections are a good measure of what to expect from players in the upcoming baseball season. We'll take a look at the Rangers' projections on a position-by-position basis. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Today we'll look at the projections for the Rangers in center field, which is locked down by the frustratingly talented Leonys Martin, who the Rangers hope can take a step forward in 2015 in terms of consistency and production.
Martin: 516 plate appearances, 19 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs, 45 RBIs, .273 batting average, .325 on-base percentage, .397 slugging percentage, 28 stolen bases
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The Rangers have been waiting for Martin to take that next step and realize what appears to be some pretty special talent. He has a decent amount of pop with the ability to steal 40 bases and score a ton of runs from the leadoff spot. A big issue for Martin is his plate discipline and his on-base percentage, especially if he's going to be a full-time leadoff hitter, which appears to be new manager Jeff Banister's plan.