Shortstop is the only starting position open right now for the Arizona Diamondbacks. All other battles are now for backup positions including a fifth outfielder’s spot if the team decides to keep that many in Arizona. One of the players fighting for that position is Alfredo Marte, who has been in the D’back organization for seven years. The 24-year old Marte received 43 at-bats with the Snakes in 2013 managing three doubles and four RBI’s with a .186/271/.256 slash line.
Marte was signed as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic at the age of 16 in 2005. He has enjoyed varying degrees of success throughout all Minor League levels within the organization. He has played every position in the outfield with his most of his recent action coming in right. Marte’s bat is what is carrying him up the ladder. At the age of 18, he produced a .328/.377/.475 in the Dominican Summer League and two years later drove in 71 runs at Class A South Bend. Marte made a big name for himself at Double A Mobile where he smacked 20 homers with 75 RBI’s and a line of .294/.363/.523 as the Bay Bears captured the Southern League Championship. He made the D’backs’ Opening Day roster last year and was sent down to Triple A Reno when Didi Gregorius came off the 7 day disabled list. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound Marte received 311 at-bats with the Aces and had 7 HRs and 38 RBI’s with a line of .280/.335/.431.
In the hopes of improving his stock in the organization, Marte played in the Dominican Winter League for Leones del Escogido. He drove in 21 runs in 42 games and also had 13 doubles and three homers with a line of .248/.311/.392. If Cody Ross can not make the trip to Australia, then it is possible that Marte will be the one heading there. He hopes that when the team gets back from Down Under, his zip code is in Phoenix and not Reno.