Marte could be the Diamondbacks' center fielder next season, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports. Marte reportedly volunteered to be the team's center fielder last season when A.J. Pollock was injured. He started a pair of games in center for the Mariners back in 2015 but has been strictly an infielder since then. If he does wind up playing a number of games in the outfield, the added positional flexibility he'd pick up in most formats would provide a boost to his fantasy value.
Marte went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and scored twice Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 4-3 loss to the Padres in 10 innings. While Marte's efforts weren't enough for the Diamondbacks to end their season with a win, his performance down the stretch at least offers optimism about his prospects heading into 2019. Over Arizona's final six games, Marte turned in four multi-hit performances and posted a 4:4 BB:K. Though speed was his primary calling card in the minors, Marte has only totaled nine steals during his two seasons in Arizona, but he's made up for his lack of activity on the basepaths with his improved power and plate discipline. He walked in 9.4 percent of his plate appearances in 2018 and notched 52 extra-base hits, the latter of which ranked him in the top 20 among all qualifying middle infielders in baseball.
Marte went 2-for-3 with a walk Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 7-2 win over the Dodgers. Looking to spark an offense that has been stagnant for much of September, manager Torey Lovullo went with a different leadoff man for the fourth consecutive game, appointing Marte to the table-setting role. In reaching base three times during the contest, Marte made a compelling case for an audition atop the lineup for the Diamondbacks' season-ending series against the Padres. It's unclear if Lovullo intends to use Marte as his leadoff hitter again, but at the very least, the second baseman will be at less risk of sitting out over the weekend compared to some of the other veteran regulars in the Arizona lineup.
Marte went 3-for-4 with a home run, triple and three RBI in the Diamondbacks' 7-4 loss to the Dodgers on Monday. Marte was the Diamondbacks' offensive star for the night, with his hit total representing nearly half of the team's output (seven) in the category. Unlike most of Arizona's hitters thus far during September, Marte has held his own at the dish with a .264/.322/.547 batting line on the month, which has included three home runs and 13 RBI in 19 games. As one of the few capable bats in the lineup at the moment and a young player on a long-term deal, Marte should see steady at-bats for the non-contending Diamondbacks during the final week of the season.
Marte went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs. Marte accounted for the lone Arizona run in this one, smacking a solo homer in the second inning of the 9-1 loss. The 24-year-old has gone deep in two of his last three starts, giving him 12 long balls and 55 RBI on the season.