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The Cuban outfielder signed a five-year, $15.5 million contract in 2011, with a $5 million signing bonus. He made his way through three minor league stops, spending time with the Arizona Rookie League, AA Frisco Roughriders and Round Rock Express.
He performed well overall, hitting .295 and stealing 19 bases over 73 games with his three minor league teams. Catching the eye of the big club, he was a September call up, where he got eight ABs in limited action before postseason play began.
While I don't think Martin makes the active roster out of spring training, I do think injury or his own strong play will force him into an expanded role before 2012 ends. He projects as a leadoff or bottom of the order guy with speed in the lineup, and the ability to roam center field for a long time.
Martin is the future center fielder in Texas. Julio Borbon was thought to be that guy, but they've had success in two postseasons without him, and likely won't give him many more chances.
Since they are so high on Martin, it wouldn't surprise me to get a taste of his ability at some point this season, and that is very exciting for the future of the club.