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Texas Rangers Prospects: Leonys Martin Hitting In AAA

Ron Washington said during spring training that he wanted Leonys Martin to spend a full year in AAA. Martin, though, is doing everything he can to prove to the Rangers that he won't need a full year in AAA.

As I said yesterday regarding Engle Beltre, Jurickson Profar and Michael Olt -- it's still very early. Regardless, Martin is hitting, and hitting a lot in the early part of the season. Through 54 at bats, Martin is hitting .389/.468/.574, with four doubles, two home runs and seven walks against just seven strikeouts.

It's a small sample size, yet it's still encouraging that Martin has adjusted to AAA pitching. Following his promotion to AAA last year, Martin hit just .263/.316/.314, with no home runs, 11 walks and 24 strikeouts in 175 at bats.

Martin is going to spend a good chunk of the season in AAA, but he's doing everything he can to push for a promotion sooner rather than later. If he keeps hitting like this, he'll force Texas' hand.

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