Alfredo Marte will be getting another shot with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team recalled him from Triple A Reno and optioned fellow outfielder Tony Campana to the Aces. The 25-year old Marte was one of the best performers in the Pacific Coast League hitting .342 with one home run and 11 RBI’s. He had an on-base percentage of .409 and was slugging .468
Marte, who has been in the D’backs’ organization since 2006 as a 17-year old from the Dominican Republic, made the Opening Day roster in 2013. He appeared in 22 games and had eight hits in 43 at-bats before being sent back to Reno. Shortly after returning to the PCL, he was hit in the face by a pitch and ended up missing time until the middle of June. Marte still enjoyed a relatively productive 2013 with a line of .280/.335/.431. He has come a long way since being suspended for 50 games in 2011 for testing positive for Stanozolol, a type of performance-enhancing drug. He was a part of the 2012 Futures Stars Game and was added to the 40 man roster after that season.
I look forward to seeing what Marte can do in his second Major League stint. He is much more of an offensive threat than Campana, something that is needed from this team late in games. Is he a part of the Snakes’ future? These next four or five months may go a long way in determining that.