Two weeks ago we saw Noelvi Marte named Southern League Player of the Week after hitting .417/.482/.958 against Birmingham in their 6-game series. He’s now collecting the award for the second time this month after being named the Southern League Player of the Week for his series against Biloxi.
Noelvi Marte had a hit in each game, and had two hits in four of the six games against the Shuckers. On May 19th both of his hits were home runs. The next day he also had two hits, but this time he added two walks in as well. During the week he extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Over the span of his 28 plate appearances against Biloxi, Marte hit .400/.464/.880 with three doubles, three home runs, eight runs scored, five runs batted in, three walks, two steals, and he struck out just four times. It was just a continuation of his hot hitting.
From April 15th through April 21st, Marte went into a slump. Over the six games in that period of time he went 1-20. Since then, over the span of a month, he’s been on fire. He’s played in 24 games and hit .347/.406/.642 with seven doubles, seven home runs, nine walks, and just 14 strikeouts in 106 plate appearances. The infielder has also added five steals in for good measure during that stretch.
All of that has pushed his season line up to .292/.364/.528. On the surface that’s a good line, but when you consider what has been happening in the Southern League this year with the “sticky baseball” that is being tested out by Major League Baseball there, it’s a very impressive one. Marte’s batting average of .292 is the 4th best average in the league. His .528 slugging percentage is 6th best in the league, as is his .892 OPS. Marte’s eight home runs are tied for second in the league. His eight stolen bases rank 10th best in the league.
Here are the other Players of the Week this season from the farm system:
- Andrew Abbott – Southern League – April 10-16
- Blake Dunn – Midwest League – April 24-30
- Noelvi Marte – Southern League – May 1-7
- Matt McLain – International League – May 1-7
- Noelvi Marte – Southern League – May 16-21