Leonys Martin off to fast start in Round Rock

With the Texas Rangers off to a 12-3 start, you are probably not eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next minor league prospect who can contribute at the major league level.

However, it doesn't hurt to take a peek as to what is happening in the Rangers farm system. The name amongt position players that draws the most interest at Triple-A Round Rock should be outfielder Leonys Martin.

"Mechanically, there's a lot of things that he's cleaned up that allows him to be a little more efficient to the baseball and then mentally kind of easing in to the way we play, the way things are, and getting used to his comrades," Round Rock hitting coach Brant Brown said. "Obviously, the hot start has helped with confidence."

Brown was a Saturday morning guest on Rangers Magazine (ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM). Later that night in New Orleans, Martin went 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run home run and three RBIs. He also walked once. The home run was his third of the season, and his batting average is up to .359.

Brown also coached Martin last season for 29 games at Double-A Frisco, where Martin batted .348 with four home runs and 24 RBI. He was promoted to Round Rock on July 9. On the field, Brown saw Martin last year make just one error in 71 outfield chances.

"I think the best thing about him is his arm, of course," said Brown, a former major league outfielder for the Cubs, Pirates and Marlins. "I think lateral movement and movement back and forth ... I think we can always improve on that. I believe that he knows that. His energy levels have been a lot better than they were last year. We are just hoping to see more consistency from that aspect."

Brown also discussed his own transition from being the hitting coach at Double-A Frisco to being at Round Rock, Julio Borbon, and working with Mike Bianucci and Tommy Mendonca.