CLEVELAND — Daniel Robertson started in left field for that Rangers on Saturday night with a left-hander on the mound for the Indians. Jim Adduci and his left-handed bat seemed to be out of the lineup.
The Rangers nevertheless want to look at both down the stretch to see if they can be winning pieces as reserve outfielders on a contending team. The Rangers had two players like this in Craig Gentry and Mark Murphy in 2010-13.
Manager Ron Washington wants to watch Robertson and Adduci play. He or she in no way wants to compare them to Gentry and Murphy even though there appears to become similarities.
Robertson is a right-handed hitter who are able to run and play very good defense. He also went into Saturdays video game hitting .341 against left-handed pitchers. But Gentry, with the Athletics, has remarkable speed that made him or her a serious threat on the basepaths as well as was a superior defensive player. Vehicles has an outstanding throwing arm.
Robertson plays with a lot of energy and much of excitement, Washington stated. He plays within himself. They know who he is and what they are and how his success is actually obtained. He has been around of sufficient length to know how to take advantage of it. They can do some things.
Conversely, Adduci probably features more physical ability compared to Murphy. Even at 6-foot-2, he is possibly the fastest player on the Rangers. He is just not as lustrous as Murphy, especially at the plate.
But Adduci, 30, had a breakthrough season at Triple-A Round Rock in 2013 when he hit .298 with a .381 on-base percent and a .463 slugging percentage and the Rangers were eager to see if that can translate to the big leagues. But his chances of getting really serious playing time were treated a setback because he have missed three months with a broken hand.
Were going to keep putting him out there and see what we still have, Washington said.