The Rangers are going to have an open competition this spring for the starting CF job in 2013. 24-year old lefty swinging Leonys Martin, 29-year old righty swinging Craig Gentry and 27-year old lefty swinging Julio Borbon will be duking it out in spring training for the job. Martin played in 24 games for the Rangers last year and he was 8 for 46 (.174 avg, .605 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Martin played in 14 games (12 starts) in CF for the Rangers last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing out of this world range. Martin also played in 55 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year in which he was 83 of 231 (.359 avg, 1.033 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 12 homers, 42 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Martin has now played in 32 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 11 of 54 (.204 avg, .643 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Gentry played in 122 games for the Rangers last year and he was 73 of 240 (.304 avg, .759 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 1 homer, 26 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. He played in 114 games (66 starts) in CF for the Rangers last year and he had 7 assists and 0 errors there while showing off outstanding range. Gentry has now played in 217 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 118 of 423 (.279 avg, .699 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 2 homers, 43 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Borbon was banished to the minors last year, where he spent the whole 2012 season. Borbon played in 126 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 162 of 533 (.304 avg, .783 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 10 homers, 56 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He last played in the majors in 2011 with the Rangers. Borbon has played in 215 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 194 of 684 (.284 avg, .682 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 7 homers, 73 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. 26-year old Aaron Cunningham could also get some P.T. in CF for the Rangers in 2013, if he makes the team. Cunningham played in 11 games (6 starts) in CF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing poor range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTER FIELDERS IN 2013: C+