Leonys Martin, the Cuban defector who signed a big-league contract with the Rangers in May, is at Rangers Ballpark working with Gary Pettis on base running and defense. This session in no way indicates that Martin is about to take a spot on the Rangers' 25-man roster.
The Rangers have seen some room for improvement from Martin on the bases. He has above-average speed, but is only 11 for 20 in steal attempts at Double A Frisco and Triple A Round Rock. They wanted Martin to get one-on-one time from Pettis, the Rangers' running and outfield coach.
The general belief is that Martin will make better reads on the bases and on flyballs hit to him in center field with more games. They consider his bat to be one of his most advanced tools, and his speed and arm strength could make him an above-average defender.
-- Jeff Wilson