Marte came over last off season in a trade that saw Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger move to the Seattle Mariners. He started the season in the minor leagues, and was just an after thought in a trade that saw the Diamondbacks get another quality starter. That after thought however played a big role in the Diamondbacks making to the postseason.
Marte doesn’t have much power at all, but he does have a good amount of speed. This is evident by his Sprint Speed of 28.9 ft/sec, which ranked first among all of his qualified teammates. Now before we start projecting him to steal 20-30 bags, let us remember that he has only stolen a total of 22 bases in the past 3 years. A 15-20 season is plausible for the Diamondbacks’ shortstop, but be wary as it seems he doesn’t take many chances on the base paths.
Marte had been known to hit for a decent batting average, but his 11.4 walk rate from last season is what really jumped out to me. Now I do not expect that walk rate to stay in double digits in 2018, but am eight or nine percent walk rate does seem very plausible. Add that with a .270 batting average and the chance to hit at the top of an already productive lineup, and you should have a lot of runs coming your way.