The Mariners promoted Marte from Low-A Modesto to High-A Everett on Monday. The top prospect in the lower levels of the Seattle system, Marte was handed the promotion after slashing .271/.368/.462 with 17 home runs, 23 stolen bases and a 22.2 percent strikeout rate over 478 plate appearances at Low-A. He'll likely finish the season at Everett and begin the 2022 campaign with the affiliate, but a hot September could put him in position for a quick call-up to Arkansas at some point next spring.
Marte went 4-for-5 with three home runs, a walk, nine RBI, two additional runs and one stolen base Tuesday in Low-A Modesto's 16-15 loss to Stockton. There was no shortage of offensive fireworks from either team Tuesday, and no player shone brighter than Marte. On the heels of the massive performance, the 19-year-old shortstop pushed his slash line up to .277/.361/.482 over 349 plate appearances. Marte has met expectations and then some during his first season at a full-season affiliate, and a promotion to High-A Everett could be in the cards before the year is out.
Marte, who snapped an 11-game hitting streak with Low-A Modesto on Sunday, is hitting .286 with an .882 OPS across 49 games this season. One of three super-prospects for the Mariners, Marte has 10 homers and seven steals with a 29:49 BB:K -- showing the sort of power, speed and patience that makes for star potential. He'll likely step up to High-A at some point this season, but we won't likely see him in the big leagues until 2023.
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.
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