Height/Weight: 6’1”, 190
Acquired: NDFA (7/2/07)
Born: 6/21/91 (La Romana, DR)
2011 Rank: 31
Why Ranked Here: I have no idea what to do with Marte anymore. I ranked him way too highly at #12 two years ago and dropped him to #31 a year ago. After a really unimpressive year in the Florida State League, he went out and ripped up the Arizona Fall League for a month as a 20-year old. Then he broke his wrist (technically a distal radial fracture) right before the end of the season.
I saw a few games out of him in St. Lucie this year, and he showed an agility at third that I never saw in Savannah in 2010. All the same, the Mets had Marte begin learning first base in the Arizona Fall League. If he flips across the diamond, he’ll have to hit a lot, and a lot more than he ever has, to have any value.
On the offensive side, there are glimmers of hope as he seems to be making strides with his plate discipline. At St. Lucie, he cut his strikeout rate down to a mere 16%, his lowest ever for a full-season level, and dramatic decline from his 22% in 2009. Marte continued that progress with his plate discipline in Arizona, walking 12 times and fanning just 12 times in 22 games.
Contact and walks? Sure. That’s a good start, and he still won’t turn 21 until June.
2011: Marte was second on the St. Lucie Mets in plate appearances (537), doubles (22) and walks (41).
Dr. Pangloss Says: An everyday third baseman.
Debbie Downer Says: He never hits .270 over a full-season.
Projected 2012 Start: St. Lucie
MLB Arrival: 2014