PROSPECT SPOTLIGHT: NOELVI MARTE, SS, SEATTLE MARINERS
Noelvi Marte has rocketed up the rankings list the past three years, and while there are some concerns about him succeeding at an elite level in the majors, his track record has many believing (myself included) he will be a fixture in the majors soon, and for a long time.
Noelvi is the kind of prospect where the sum of all the parts add up to an even better player. He has an above average hit tool, with power, and good speed. In the field he works hard to be great. Depending on what the Mariner’s are doing with J.P. Crawford we could see him debut at another position (2B, 3B, OF). When he signed in 2018 for $1.55 million dollars, Noelvi was a top international prospect. In his first year with the Mariners at the ripe age of 17, he hit .309/.371/.511 in 65 games. He was on his way to playing in the US until the 2020 season. When he got called up to the development site he was met with mixed results. By some accounts he struggled with the improvement of the competition. But those same accounts spoke to how hard he worked, and as the youngest player at that camp, it was noticeable.
2021 was his first taste of pro ball in the US and he, again, didn’t disappoint. In Low-A he played 99 games and hit .271/.368/.462 with 17 home runs and 23 stolen bases. The Mariners called him up to Everett to end the season. There he was almost 4 years younger than the average player in High-A. He should start the upcoming season there before going to Double-A.
The hype train took off after that and I don’t think it is coming back. Marte has done everything right. He hits for average and power, likes to run and has been successful so far throughout his time in the minors (41 SB in 55 attempts). He plays defense at one of the up-the-middle positions and has the arm should he need to move to 3B or OF. Noelvi is the kind of player that has incredible tools and the determination to not stay down when he struggles. He is a difference maker for dynasty teams that are blessed with him on their roster.
Really, Noelvi is potentially the equal of all the young talent upcoming on the Mariners. His game doesn’t have a glaring weakness, and I can not wait to see what 2022 looks like for him. Noelvi should reach the majors by 2023 at the earliest. On a Mariner’s team loaded with young talent, Noelvi will be a fixture. In fantasy he should contribute with high average, real power, and steals. The Mariner’s roster should give him tons of opportunities for Runs and RBI. My comp for him is another Mariners prospect that we traded away: Ketel Marte.