Jefry Marte was acquired last winter from the Tigers, beginning the season at Triple-A Salt Lake before getting the call in mid-May only to be sent right back down, returning at the end of the month for the duration of the season. Marte is a third baseman by trade but can dabble at first and corner outfield, increasing the probability he cracks the Opening Day roster. Just 25, the righty has above-average power while hitting sufficient flyballs to take advantage. His contact rate is average, though it would behoove him to draw a few more walks. Heading into the season, Marte isn't ticketed for a starting job, but with the aging and fragile duo of Yunel Escobar and Cameron Maybin slated for third base and left field, respectively, Marte's bat should make its way into the lineup frequently enough to be a sneaky play in AL-only formats. There's a decent chance he takes over at one of the spots regularly, at which point his power makes him mixed-league-worthy, and he could see an uptick in playing time to begin the season with Albert Pujols working his way back from foot surgery.
Marte went 2-for-5 with a double and run in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the Athletics. He also struck out in the three at-bats in which he didn't hit safely, so the struggles continue for Marte despite recording his first multi-hit game of the season. The 25-year-old had not logged a hit in a start since April 11, and his line remains an unsightly .163/.234/.279 over his first 46 plate appearances. He's been platooning with C.J. Cron at first base, but given his struggles, he's been largely irrelevant from a fantasy perspective thus far.
Marte started his second consecutive game Tuesday, even with a right-hander on the mound. He went 0-for-4 in an extra-innings win over the Athletics. The 25-year-old had been a part of a platoon at first base with C.J. Cron, but manager Mike Scioscia has benched the latter in two straight games. It is unclear whether the move is a permanent one, or if the Angels' manager wanted to give Cron an additional day off to work on his swing. Either way, Marte is slashing .132/.214/.237 in 42 plate appearances, so he is a deep-league option at best even with regular playing time.
Marte will start in left field and bat cleanup Wednesday against the Astros, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports. With the Angels facing a southpaw (Dallas Keuchel) and Kole Calhoun struggling, Marte will step in for his first start in the outfield this season. It will be his seventh start of the season in total (five at first base, one at DH). Marte hit .244/.322/.462 with four homers in 87 plate appearances against lefties last season.
Marte got the start at first base Tuesday, going 1-for-5 with his first home run of the season in a 6-5 win over Texas. Marte has now started two of the Angels' last three games, both against left-handed pitchers. It appears that a platoon is developing between him and C.J. Cron. Even though both batters are right-handed, the latter has historically been more effective against righties than lefties. Being on the short side of a platoon won't bring Marte much fantasy value.
Marte will start at first base and bat fifth Tuesday against the A's. C.J. Cron will ride the pine with a lefty in Sean Manaea taking the hill for the opposition, opening the door for Marte at first. Marte's OPS against lefties last year was more than 100 points higher than Cron's, although Marte did strike out 22 times in just 78 at-bats against lefties. Regardless, it seems the two players may platoon at first base until Luis Valbuena works his way back from a hamstring injury.
|vs DARVISH (CAREER)||1/6||.167||0||0||0||0||1|