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Where Should Ketel Marte Play?

Michael Ballentine
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The Diamondbacks 40 man roster is composed of 22 pitchers, 2 catchers, 9 outfielders and 6 infielders. On the 40 man roster the Diamondbacks have Marte listed as an outfielder. Ahmed and Perdomo are shortstops, Walker and Beer are 1st-basemen, and Ellis and VanMeter are 3rd-basemen. Although VanMeter can play 2nd-base he played 52 games there last season along with 25 at 3rd, and 1 game each at 1st base, left field and right field. He has a comparable fielding percentage to the .988 Marte has with .980. But VanMeter has been a true utility player over the course of his 3 year career, his sample size at 2nd base in those 3 years is 87 games with 68 starts. All of his defensive metrics are lower than Marte’s, but they are above serviceable. But, where the glaring difference lies is with the bat. Josh only hits a batting average/on base percentage/slugging of .212/.300/364. He is a serviceable short term 2nd-baseman. Ketel Marte should be the everyday 2nd-baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2022 season and beyond.

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