Previewing the Arizona Diamondbacks’ potential 2024 Opening Day line-up

Opening Day is just around the corner, so let's look at what the Arizona Diamondbacks' line-up coul dlook like.
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Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte (4) is embraced by teammate Geraldo Perdomo (2) after his walk-off
Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte (4) is embraced by teammate Geraldo Perdomo (2) after his walk-off / Joe Rondone/The Republic / USA TODAY

Second Base

Ketel Marte

Ketel Marte is one of the best second basemen in the game and is coming off a great Postseason performance. The switch-hitter provides some power, gets on base, and is a solid defender up the middle. 2023 was his best season since his 2019 breakout season. He stayed healthy and productive the entire season, leading to a +4.2 fWAR campaign.

Marte stepped to the plate 650 times, slashing .276/.353/.485 with 25 round-trippers. Marte had a healthy 10.9% walk rate and an even better 16.8% strikeout rate. Overall, he had a .361 wOBA, and 127 wRC+, making him one of the best hitters at his position. Among 2Bs with 500+ PAs last season, Marte ranked second in wRC+, wOBA, as well as third in OPS, and ISO.

Defensively, Marte was good enough with +2 DRS and +1 OAA. In Marte’s defense, this was the first time he logged more than 810 innings at the keystone since his 2018 season. This past season, he was able to play second base for 1210.1 innings, the 6th most by any other 2B in baseball last year.

Marte is a consistently quality hitter, and I think 2023 is more or less what you can expect from him in the future. He arguably deserved the Silver Slugger over Luis Arraez, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he does win it next year. He's already one of the best Diamondbacks in franchise history and could only solidify that title with another quality season.