When the season began for Noelvi Marte the 20-year-old was in the Seattle Mariners organization and heading to the state of Washington to play for the High-A Everett Aquasox. Before the season was over he would be traded to Cincinnati in a deadline deal and finish out his season in Dayton before heading to the Arizona Fall League.
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The 2022 season started out well for Noelvi Marte as he opened up with an 8-game hitting streak that included two home runs and seven walks. He also closed out the month of April with a final week where he added five more extra-base hits while walking as many times as he struck out.
But when May began he went into a prolonged slump over the next seven weeks. From May 1st through June 21st he hit just .216/.305/.314 with 42 strikeouts and just nine extra-base hits. On June 22nd he went 1-5 with a double, but that game kick started a turnaround over the next five weeks that saw him hit .365/.440/.670 with 17 extra-base hits, 15 walks, and 19 strikeouts in 29 games played. That time ran right into the trade deadline and that’s when Marte was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in a prospect-heavy package that he led.
After joining the Reds organization Marte headed to High-A Dayton to join the Dragons. After going 0-4 in his first game he clubbed two home runs in his second game and drove in four. Those two home runs represented half of the home runs he would hit with Dayton in his 30 games, but while the power didn’t come through the rest of the season he still hit .299 with 17 walks and 22 strikeouts in his 28 games beyond his 2-homer game.
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Noelvi Marte Scouting Report
Position: Shortstop | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 181 lbs | Acquired: International FA (2018, Seattle), Trade (July 2022)
Born: October 16, 2001
Hitting | He has an above-average hit tool. A pull-heavy approach – even from the right side – could limit exactly how much he can get out of this tool, though.
Power | He has plus raw power and can already show plenty of it in games. He should continue to add power as he progresses.
Speed | He’s got above-average speed.
Defense | Marte has the ability to play shortstop where he shows good hands and is athletic enough to make all of the plays.
Arm | He has a plus arm that will play well anywhere on the field.
An all-around, potential 5-tool player, Noelvi Marte can and does show off skills everywhere on the field. He can hit, hit for power, has some speed, shows off a big arm, and he can handle the shortstop position.
Offensively he needs to get a little more consistent with his approach. That’s a bit nit-picky, because overall his approach is quite good, but he will have lapses where he’s far more aggressive and willing to expand the zone. Those times don’t tend to last for too long, but that’s the only thing keeping him from taking that next step at the plate. With big time power and a good hit tool to go along with strong baserunning abilities he should provide value in all aspects on the offensive side of things.
Defensively he had only played shortstop in his career through the end of the 2022 regular season. But Cincinnati sent Marte to the Arizona Fall League after the season ended and had him playing third base. The move was not made as a “he can’t play shortstop” one, but one to get him experience at the position so he would be familiar with it in the scenario where when he’s ready for the big leagues there’s more than one positional option for him.
At shortstop he’s got the range and the arm to remain at the position for now. There are concerns with some scouts that he may eventually outgrow the position, but for now he’s perfectly capable of playing there. He will need to be more consistent in the field. With that said in 23 games with Dayton he made just two errors and had a .974 fielding percentage after having a .918 fielding percentage with Everett in the Mariners organization.
At third base in the Arizona Fall League the reports were mixed. He showed the necessary tools at the position, but he did struggle in the field, too. Marte made six errors in 21 games and posted an .838 fielding percentage. With more experience much of those issues should clear up.
Noelvi Marte Spray Chart
Interesting Stat on Noelvi Marte
Against starting pitchers Noelvi Marte hit .262/.345/.425 with 28 walks and 54 strikeouts in 287 plate appearances. Against relief pitchers Noelvi Marte hit .301/.403/.500 with 31 walks and 53 strikeouts in 233 plate appearances.