Prospect Martin leaves impression on Rangers

Prospect Martin leaves impression on Rangers

Prospect Martin leaves impression on Rangers
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfield prospect Leonys Martin went back to Triple-A Round Rock after finishing his second day of workouts with first-base coach Gary Pettis on Wednesday.

He impressed Rangers manager Ron Washington with his talent and his ability to work.

"I didn't know where he was going to be, but I could tell you he is a talent," Washington said. "It is raw, he needs to play baseball and learn a lot, but he's got good aptitude. The kid works, and tries it. He swings the bat, he can run. The talent is there, it's just like any young kid."

Because Martin signed on May 4 -- during the season -- the Major League staff never got the chance to work with him. He was sent straight to extended spring training. He was put on the 40-man roster, so a September callup during roster expansion remains a possibility for Martin.

"He's learning," Washington said. "We brought him in here for one purpose, to help accelerate the little things in the game that will help him come quicker."