Ketel Marte, shortstop – Reno
Coming over from Seattle in the Taijuan Walker deal in the off-season, Marte was brought in to provide competition at shortstop.
Though Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed were thought to have the attention of manager Torey Lovullo, Marte started a fair number of games in spring training, and remained on the major league roster until the final days of spring training.
Assigned to Reno, the native of Nizao, in the Dominican Republic, was off to a solid start. In his first 13 games, Marte hit .397 with four RBIs. A switch hitter, Marte’s major league average for parts of two seasons with the Mariners is .267 and 19 stolen bases. Coming into his season, and in 453 games at the minor-league level, Marte swiped 102 bases.
Last season, Marte was one only two players with two, bases-loaded triples in the season. The other was Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants.