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I’m not convinced Martin can’t win the job outright, but even if this is a platoon situation he’s the one that should play quite a bit more. There’s immediate reachable upside with Martin for double-digit power and perhaps 20 stolen bases, which makes him the easy choice over Gentry for me. Sure, Martin is unproven at the big league level and unlikely to hit at the top of the lineup, but when in doubt, take the lefty hitter in any platoon, especially one with untapped potential. I can’t say I’m necessarily targeting Martin in standard fantasy drafts, since the position contains many late-round sleepers, including oft-overlooked Rangers teammate David Murphy, but I also can’t see a scenario in which Gentry is appealing for fantasy owners. Last year he provided some cheap stolen bases, but that’s about it for his upside.
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