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
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$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.
Drives in three during win
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 27, 2020
Marte went 2-for-3 with a double, two-run single and sacrifice fly in Sunday's 11-3 win over the Rockies.
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Marte extended Arizona's lead to 7-0 in the sixth and picked up two more RBI with a single an inning later. Though he logged a solid .287 batting average, Marte saw his power production drop off substantially this season. After swatting 32 homers and driving in 92 runs in 2019, Marte hit just two long balls while tallying 17 RBI across 181 at-bats during the shortened campaign.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+81%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .992 434 67 22 63 5 .338 .385 .607
Since 2018vs Right .793 960 115 26 102 12 .273 .342 .451
2020vs Left 1.055 48 4 1 3 0 .426 .438 .617
2020vs Right .582 138 13 1 11 1 .228 .275 .307
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .901 647 86 22 76 12 .312 .371 .530
Since 2018Away .818 751 96 26 89 5 .278 .341 .476
2020Home .632 94 8 1 6 1 .256 .277 .356
2020Away .797 96 9 1 8 0 .307 .354 .443
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
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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
0.33
 
BB Rate
3.6%
 
K Rate
10.8%
 
BABIP
.311
 
ISO
.122
 
AVG
.287
 
OBP
.323
 
SLG
.409
 
OPS
.732
 
wOBA
.321
 
Exit Velocity
83.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.3%
 
Barrels/PA
4.2%
 
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19 days ago
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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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Not starting nightcap
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 25, 2020
Marte isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies.
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In lineup Wednesday
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 23, 2020
Marte will be in the starting lineup Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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Goes 1-for-4 in return
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 22, 2020
Marte (wrist) went 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 7-0 win over the Rangers.
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Batting second in return
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 22, 2020
Marte (wrist) was activated from the 10-day injured list and is starting at second base and batting second Tuesday against the Rangers.
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Expected back this week
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Wrist
September 22, 2020
Marte (wrist) is on target to return from the injured list during Arizona's final homestand, Nick PIecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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