Height/Weight: 6’1”/187 lbs
Acquired: NDFA (7/2/07)
Born: 6/21/91 (La Romana, DR)
2009 Rank: 8
Why Ranked Here: I was probably wildly exuberant about Marte to rank him at #8 last year coming off a strong GCL season as a 17-year old. His drop four spots here doesn’t really reflect an underlying change in my evaluation of what he is/can be, as much as it’s about a refinement of my own processes. Marte still has serious bat speed and some power, which places him among the upper echelon of Mets prospects. He can yank a ball out to left, and drive one to center, but does not go the other way with any authority at this point because he frequently lunges at pitches. He gets off-balance and chases breaking balls, but he’s still very young at age 18. His 49 (!) errors led SAL third basemen, but the Mets think he has a chance to learn to play the position at an average level, and that evaluation counts for something. Marte was not really ready for the SAL after a season in the GCL and really should repeat the level in 2010.
2009: Pre-ASB: .217/.257/.315, 7 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR
Post-ASB: .254/.307/.368, 14 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR
Hey, that’s some modest progress. Progress is good.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Impact bat at 3B
Debbie Downer Says: Hacker who never holds down an MLB job on a winning team
Projected 2010 Start: Savannah. Holding Marte back to repeat the SAL would most definitively signal an enormous shift in the Mets’ thinking with regard to the assignment of prospects and levels. Of course, St. Lucie is an option too.
MLB Arrival: 2014