The 2023 season was one that Noelvi Marte will not soon forget. After starting the 2023 season in Double-A and taking on a new position, he worked his way up to Triple-A and then he made his big league debut late in the season with the Reds.
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Cincinnati sent Noelvi Marte to Chattanooga to begin his 2023 season.He got out to a slow start, hitting .186 in the first 15 games of the season with the Lookouts. Marte then had hits in 12 of his next 13 games, hitting .400 with four homers and just six strikeouts. After going 0-6 in a doubleheader on May 13th, Marte hit .329 over the next three weeks, but then found himself on the injured list. After a short rehab stint in Arizona, Marte returned to the Lookouts after missing a little less than three weeks. He stayed there for three games before moving up to Triple-A Louisville.
The first month with the Bats went as well as one could hope. In 23 games, Marte hit .326/.388/.539. After splitting time between third base and shortstop while in Chattanooga, Marte was exclusively playing third base with Louisville during this time. When August rolled around he went into a big slump during the fist week, going 1-20 while walking six times. He picked things up from there, getting a hit in eight of the next nine games.
After that 9th game he was called up to join the Reds. Over the final six weeks of the season he did nothing but hit. Marte would play in 35 games down the stretch and hit .316/.366/.456 in his big league debut while crushing three homers and adding in seven doubles.
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Noelvi Marte Scouting Report
Position: Third Base/ Shortstop | B/T: R/R
Height: 6′ 0″ | Weight: 216 lbs. | Acquired: Trade (Mariners, 2022), International FA (2018) | Born: October 16, 2001
Hitting | An average tool that could be above-average down the road. He can and does use the entire field and he does so very well.
Power | He has average game-power today, but has plus raw power that he could tap into in the future. Currently most of his power is to his pull side.
Speed | He shows plus speed.
Defense | He’s a below-average defender at shortstop, though he’s currently capable of playing there at the big league level. At third base he’s still figuring things out, but he’s got the arm and glove to be a good defender there.
Arm | He has an average to above-average arm.
There doesn’t seem to be much of a weakness in the game for Noelvi Marte. He’s at least average at everything and he’s better than average at a few things. At the plate he’s got a chance to hit for both average and for power. And he’s got a good understanding of the strikezone, too, which could lead to a strong on-base percentage. On the bases he’s a smart runner and while he doesn’t steal a ton of bases he’s got 20-steal potential, perhaps a little more under the new rules.
Defensively he’s only in his sort-of second season at third base, as he moved to the position in the Arizona Fall League during fall of 2022. He’s improved quite a bit in that time frame. There’s still some work to do to clean up little things here and there, as well as eliminating a few errors – he posted a fielding percentage at third in 2023 of .925. Still, all of the pieces are there for him to be a good defender there in the long run with a little more experience.
Marte is ready to help in the big leagues right now. That isn’t a surprise because he hit .316 in over 100 plate appearances with the Reds at the end of 2023. There’s next to no risk in his profile – he’s a big leaguer. The questions are more about whether he can reach his ceiling, and how quickly he can do that if it’s the case.
Noelvi Marte Spray Chart
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Interesting Stat on Noelvi Marte
While he had 142 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers in 2023, Marte hit just one homer against lefties during the season (MLB and MiLB).