Ketel Marte
Ketel Marte
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Many enjoyed the happy fun ball in 2019, but perhaps none more than Marte. He went from a slightly better than league average offensive producer to one 50 percent better than the league average while playing in the same park. Amazing what doubling your launch angle and getting pull-happy for the first time in your career could do for a player in 2019. None of Marte's batted-ball events made the top 10 percent of the Statcast leaderboards, but the playing time allowed him to make the most of what he was doing. The expected stats do not support the final 2019 numbers as his expected batting average was 34 points lower than his actual mark while his expected slugging percentage was 92 points below his actual SLG. It's a friendly reminder when someone breaks out to the level that Marte did in 2019, the best move for the next season is to project regression rather than another level of statistical ascension. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $24 million contract extension with the Diamondbacks in March of 2018. Contract includes includes $8 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2023 and $10 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2024.
Has healthy spring
2BArizona Diamondbacks
March 20, 2020
Marte showed no effect from last season's back injury during a productive spring, batting .375 (9-for-24) with four extra-base hits, three runs scored and four RBI over nine Cactus League games.
ANALYSIS
Marte's breakout 2019 season ended prematurely in September due to a stress reaction in his back. It was an injury the Diamondbacks felt was brought on by him playing center field, a more active position than second base, his primary home on the diamond until last season. He showed no residual effects of the injury before spring training was suspended -- he homered in his first at-bat and didn't stop hitting. Marte will move back to the less stressful second base position in 2020. The switch-hitter bounced between leadoff and second in the order during the Cactus League, switching up with the newly acquired Starling Marte.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
51
10
7
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
25
2
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .942 462 72 23 65 5 .314 .372 .570
Since 2017vs Right .814 1001 123 28 104 14 .278 .352 .462
2019vs Left .998 174 30 12 31 2 .333 .368 .630
2019vs Right .973 454 67 20 61 8 .327 .396 .577
2018vs Left .971 212 33 9 29 3 .321 .387 .584
2018vs Right .651 368 35 5 30 3 .224 .300 .352
2017vs Left .721 76 9 2 5 0 .242 .342 .379
2017vs Right .748 179 21 3 13 3 .268 .346 .401
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2017
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .909 684 92 22 80 11 .313 .380 .529
Since 2017Away .809 779 103 29 89 8 .269 .339 .469
2019Home 1.012 281 42 13 38 5 .347 .399 .614
2019Away .955 347 55 19 54 5 .313 .380 .574
2018Home .879 272 36 8 32 6 .294 .375 .504
2018Away .673 308 32 6 27 0 .230 .293 .379
2017Home .739 131 14 1 10 0 .276 .351 .388
2017Away .741 124 16 4 8 3 .243 .339 .402
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Stat Review
How does Ketel Marte compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.62
 
BB Rate
8.4%
 
K Rate
13.7%
 
BABIP
.342
 
ISO
.264
 
AVG
.329
 
OBP
.389
 
SLG
.592
 
OPS
.981
 
wOBA
.421
 
Exit Velocity
90.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.0%
 
Barrels/PA
7.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Marte got a chance to play close to every day in the major leagues in his age-24 season, and the final numbers were fine if unspectacular. He struck out just 25 more times than he walked in 580 plate appearances, and he added more than 40 points to his ISO. That rate-power boost came in large part thanks to his major-league-leading 12 triples. For a player with his pure speed, he sure didn't attempt many stolen bases as manager Torey Lovullo took a more conservative approach on the basepaths. But at least when he did run, Marte was successful (6-for-7). In total, his offenses contributions added up to a 104 wRC+, so better than league average. It's tough to bank on Lovullo changing his philosophy in the running game, but it's possible he swings more to the aggressive side again after Arizona tore it down this offseason. Either way, Marte should be useful on volume alone. The dual eligibility (shortstop and second) helps his case.
Acquired by the Diamondbacks last offseason, Marte failed to impress his new team enough in the spring to crack a crowded middle infield and was sent down to Triple-A Reno. In that hitter's paradise, Marte slashed an impressive .338/.391/.514 in 70 games before being summoned on June 27 when injuries finally created a need. Marte responded with a passable 260/.345/.395 line over 255 plate appearances, spanning 73 games, though he swiped only three bags. Marte's game is making frequent contact, mostly of the groundball variety. In order to be a valuable fantasy commodity, he needs to tap into the stolen-base potential displayed in the minors and at times with the Mariners in 2015 and 2016. The Snakes stole the seventh-most bases in the league last season, so team context is favorable. Marte appears to be the favorite to open the season as the starting shortstop.
Few late-round names matched Marte's buzz for stolen bases last spring. He was coming off swiping 28 bags between Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma in 2015. His wheels remained locked, however, as is often the case when a young thief faces more resistance to running in the bigs. His walk rate (9.7 percent) from 2015 tanked, limiting his attempts. A low lineup spot doesn't always hinder speedsters in the American League - there's no pitcher due up to clog up the bases -- but Marte occupying the nine-hole most of the time did him few favors overall. Marte has put the ball on the ground more than half the time and has shown above-average contact ability, which open a door for batting-average upside along with 30-steal potential, which has not vanished. He's just 23, after all, and he's now in a more hitter-friendly home park after getting shipped to Arizona as part of the Taijuan Walker deal in November.
Marte was one of the few positives in a forgettable season for the Mariners last year. A broken thumb in late May delayed his arrival, but he made it to Seattle for the final two months and forced his way into the lineup with impressive play at the plate and in the field. Marte's solid on-base numbers translated to the majors, where he walked at nearly a 10-percent clip. His contact, a strong part of his game in the minors, likely will improve from the 80-percent rate he posted with the Mariners as he cuts his strikeouts (17.9 percent). A switch hitter, Marte posted a .780 OPS against right-handers and .720 vs. lefties. He doesn't have much home-run power, but he has excellent speed with 25-steal upside. He'll get that chance this season as he enters spring as the starting shortstop
Marte had a strong 2014 campaign for Double-A Jackson before a late-season promotion to Triple-A Tacoma, where he impressed in 19 games. Known for his above-average speed, Marte stole 29 bases in 33 attempts between the two spots. Although Marte has little power to speak of and may still be a year or more away from being MLB ready, his rapid climb through the system likely explains the team's willingness to trade fellow shortstop Nick Franklin at the deadline last summer. Marte has good on-base skills and makes solid contact as well.
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Homers in first spring AB
2BArizona Diamondbacks
February 24, 2020
Marte went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-3 spring win over Oakland.
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Impacted by addition of other Marte
2BArizona Diamondbacks
Back
January 29, 2020
The Diamondbacks could have Ketel Marte (back) primarily play second base after the team acquired center fielder Sterling Marte from the Pirates, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Looking like center fielder
2BArizona Diamondbacks
Back
January 12, 2020
Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said Marte (back) may be the everyday center fielder in 2020, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Done for season
2BArizona Diamondbacks
Back
September 20, 2019
Marte has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his back and will be shut down for the rest of the season, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Not in Friday's lineup
2BArizona Diamondbacks
Back
September 20, 2019
Marte (back) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
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