Jefry Marte, In Case You Were Wondering

18 Dec

15. Jefry Marte, 3B

Bats/Throws: R/R

Last Year: #24

Age: (as of Opening Day 2013) 21.7

Acquired: IFA, 2007

2012: 513 PA, .251/.322/.366, 76 K / 43 BB for Binghamton (AA)

Risk Factor: Medium-High. Marte isn’t that far from the majors, but there’s still a big gap here between what he is and what I think he can be.

Ranking based on: Multiple Live Looks

The Short of It: Once again Marte holds his own while being one of the youngest players in the league, but he has yet to translate hit and power tools into his game and profiles as a very fringy third baseman.

The Long of It: Surprising power in his bat, but still has trouble consistently tapping into the raw during at-bats. Hit line drives all over the field when I saw him in April. Warning track fly in near freezing temperatures flies out of NYSEG in June, and can put on a show in BP. I actually like the hit tool here, Marte posted better K and BB rates than Lagares at the same level despite being 2+ years younger. Hasn’t tapped into the raw offensive tools like Flores has, and profiles worse at third as he has the same first step/range issues, plus a weaker arm. Don’t think the bat survives a move to 1B, and he doesn’t have the speed for the outfield. Can’t ignore that he continues to hold his own despite an aggressive promotion schedule, but eventually he will have to put together a season like Flores’ 2012 to justify a higher ranking.

The Projection: Marte has an awfully wide range of likely outcomes. There’s a good chance he’s not even a major leaguer. Last year I think I compared him to Edwin Encarnacion as an bat-oriented third baseman, but then Encarnacion went and hit 42 home runs. Notice fewer comps this year? Anyway, for 2012 let’s just leave it at offense-first third baseman, full stop.

What’s next: I think the Mets really need to separate Flores and Marte and let them both get a lion’s share of reps at 3B. Despite Flores half as many plate appearances at AA, I’d let him move on to Vegas and have Marte repeat the level. He’ll still be young for the league.

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