Marte will be a part of the Mariners' taxi squad this season, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports. While prospects like Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez could get legitimate playing time in the majors as a part of Seattle's taxi squad, it seems unlikely Marte will get similar opportunities. He has never played stateside or above rookie ball, so while his future appears bright, his inclusion on the taxi squad is unlikely to result in notable playing time in the majors this season.
Marte, who is projected to remain at shortstop for the foreseeable future, is considered one of the organization's brightest prospects, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports. Brock notes the 18-year-old Marte is still unsurprisingly growing into his body, now standing closer to 6-foot-2 after being drafted at almost two inches shorter and appearing to have a more chiseled frame in spring training than he did during his time in the Dominican Summer League last year. Marte may be robbed of a minor-league season this year, but in the event of such, he could potentially continue to get baseball-related work as part of developmental games each team might organize for some of its top prospects.
Marte will open the year in the Dominican Summer League, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports. While it would have been fun to see Marte challenged with a stateside assignment right out of the gate, his org. mate Julio Rodriguez was a top July 2 signee in 2017, went to the DSL in 2018, and was assigned to Low-A this year out of camp, so Marte will hope to follow that blueprint. He received a $1.55 million bonus on July 2, 2018, and has significant five-category upside.
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