Leonys Martin got off to a great start at Triple-A after losing the spring training competition for the Rangers’ center field job, hitting .347 in 23 games, but the 24-year-old prospect will miss 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb.
Martin struggled at Triple-A last season after defecting from Cuba to sign with the Rangers for $15.5 million, but his numbers at Double-A were very impressive and now he’s knocked around Triple-A pitching too.
If healthy he was in position to get a call up if the Rangers needed an injury replacement or wanted to attempt an upgrade over Craig Gentry, but now he’s no sure thing to see significant action in the majors this season.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.