Sunday, November 14, 2004

Andy Marte Report

Andy Marte, 3B, Atlanta Braves
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2000, Dominican Republic
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'1", 180 lbs

Marte only turned 21 in October, so through the season, he was playing very well in AA at age 20. He hit .269/.364/.525 with 28 doubles, 23 home runs, 58 walks, and 105 K's in 387 at bats. The low number of at bats was due to an ankle injury that won't have any long term effects. His defense is acceptable, but not great. His speed is marginal. He'll be a middle of the lineup power source in the majors, and not much of a threat on the basepaths.

The conventional opinion is that Marte is the best third base prospect in baseball. He's certainly one of the best, but where you rank him depends largely on what you think of Ian Stewart and Dallas McPherson, both of whom I like a little bit more than Marte. Bit how they are ranked is of little importance. They are all elite prospects, and potential all stars.

ETA: Late 2005
5 Stars



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