With the Rangers hoping to shoot for a Wild Card spot this year, the Rangers have sent down their plus defensive outfielder for a guy you’ve probably never heard of: Ryan Strausborger. I don’t think many people have, and that’s because he’s a 27-year old former 16th round pick that has had an up and down career. He has some speed - 27 steals in 2015 - with roughly league average offense. He can play all three outfield positions, presumably all effectively, as that seems to be his reputation.
If you’d like to learn more about him, here’s an interview he did with MLB Reports in 2012. Here’s another interview that he did in 2013. He was once a pretty good prospect who has had consistency issues at the plate, but it’s seems he’s finally ready to see what he can do. It won’t take much to be better than Martin has been this year.
This is quite the fall from grace for Martin who’s been a bit of an underrated player for a couple of years. It’s now time to see how a long-time minor league role player like Strausborger fits into the big leagues.