Ketel Marte

Ketel Marte

30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Marte capped a productive season with an even more impressive postseason run. He posted a career-high 650 regular-season plate appearances while recording a 127 wRC+, the third highest of his career. Contact continued to be Marte's calling card, though he did log the second highest walk rate of his career. His power rebounded after a down season, but Marte's xSLG suggests he was a bit fortunate in that department. Marte swiped eight bags on 10 attempts, but he was one of the few players not to take better advantage of the new rules. For the second straight season, He lowered his strikeout rate while walking at a higher clip, helping maintain one of the top two spots in the Diamondbacks lineup, resulting in the second most runs and RBI of his career, both bettered only by his production in 2019 when Marte took advantage of the happy fun ball. Marte played almost exclusively at second base, losing outfield eligibility. Marte will have a hard time matching last season's power, but he offers a bankable floor with batting average stabilization. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Diamondbacks in March of 2022. Contract includes $13 million team option ($3 million buyout) for 2028.
Gets aboard four times in win
2BArizona Diamondbacks
July 13, 2024
Marte went 2-for-3 with two walks, one RBI, one stolen base and one run scored in Saturday's 12-1 win over the Blue Jays.
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Marte earned his third multi-hit effort in his last four games. The second baseman is batting .297 (11-for-37) with three steals over 10 games in July as he continues to provide well-rounded offensive production from the top-third of the order. Overall, Marte has 18 home runs, six steals, 53 RBI, 63 runs scored and a .288/.359/.506 slash line across 404 plate appearances this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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40
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+45%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .924 502 74 21 61 5 .313 .378 .545
Since 2022vs Right .757 1128 153 35 130 14 .245 .332 .425
2024vs Left 1.074 153 25 12 29 1 .345 .405 .669
2024vs Right .741 269 40 7 28 5 .255 .335 .407
2023vs Left .879 199 28 5 12 3 .313 .382 .497
2023vs Right .828 451 66 20 70 5 .259 .348 .479
2022vs Left .828 150 21 4 20 1 .281 .347 .481
2022vs Right .689 408 47 8 32 4 .224 .311 .378
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .865 832 124 25 90 14 .295 .375 .490
Since 2022Away .752 798 103 31 101 5 .238 .316 .436
2024Home .950 213 41 9 27 4 .332 .399 .551
2024Away .780 209 24 10 30 2 .246 .321 .459
2023Home .888 316 49 11 35 5 .303 .383 .505
2023Away .801 334 45 14 47 3 .250 .335 .466
2022Home .779 303 34 5 28 5 .261 .350 .429
2022Away .667 255 34 7 24 0 .216 .286 .381
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.58
 
BB Rate
10.0%
 
K Rate
17.3%
 
BABIP
.309
 
ISO
.216
 
AVG
.289
 
OBP
.360
 
SLG
.505
 
OPS
.866
 
wOBA
.371
 
Exit Velocity
93.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.7%
 
Barrels/PA
7.1%
 
Expected BA
.299
 
Expected SLG
.514
 
Sprint Speed
23.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
48.8%
 
Line Drive %
19.5%
 
Fly Ball %
31.7%
 
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For the second straight season, Marte dealt with hamstring issues. In 2021, he incurred two IL stints, but played well. Last year, Marte played hurt and avoided the IL, but his production suffered. His 18.1% strikeout rate was the highest of his career and 41st percentile sprint speed dropped his infield hit rate to its lowest mark. Marte hit a career high number of fly balls, but with a lower exit velocity, fueling a career low .276 BABIP. Marte is entrenched as the Diamondbacks second baseman, though he played a lot of designated hitter last season to manage his hamstring woes. He's posted a 150 and 140 wRC+ in two of the previous four seasons, so he can be productive, but two consecutive summers dealing with lingering hamstring issues is concerning. A clever approach is buying the injury dip but taking advantage of so many players having second base eligibility and baking a hedge into your lineup.
Marte posted a season more like his breakthrough 2019 than the disappointing 2020 campaign. The problem was Marte was limited to 90 games with two long IL stints for hamstring woes. On the field, Marte essentially mimicked 2019 with a drop in power commensurate with the difference in baseballs. In 2020, Marte lost some aggressiveness which increased contact but decreased exit velocity. Last season, he was a bit less patient but hit the ball with greater force. Given, he's dealt with injuries since 2019, and his sprint speed has dropped from 95th percentile to last season's 44th percentile. To keep him healthy, Arizona plans on leaving Marte to primarily play second base, with prospect Alek Thomas on the verge of manning centerfield. There is clear risk here, but for at least one more season Marte has dual eligibility, a solid batting average floor with pop and possible latent speed, thus is a chance worth taking.
Small-sample caveats apply, as with all disappointing 2020 campaigns, but Marte did very little last season to suggest his 2019 breakout was anything other than a fluke. After hitting .329/.389/.592 that year, he followed it up with a .287/.323/.409 line in 45 games last season, a performance which looks far closer to his .263/.324/.389 line from the first four years of his career. He homered just twice while stealing just a single base. His underlying numbers weren't universally disappointing, as he did post a career-best 10.8 K%, but he also saw his walk rate crater to a career-low 3.6%, while his barrel rate plummeted from 9.3% to 3.7 %. That led to an xSLG of .379, suggesting that he may have even overachieved in the power department. The ceiling of another season like his strong 2019 campaign is still here for Marte, but much of the shine has worn off following a thoroughly mediocre showing in 2020.
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.
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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Enters late, steals base
2BArizona Diamondbacks
July 13, 2024
Marte entered Friday's game as a pinch hitter and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base in a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.
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Receiving breather
2BArizona Diamondbacks
July 12, 2024
Marte is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays.
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Homers in win
2BArizona Diamondbacks
July 11, 2024
Marte went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Wednesday's 7-5 win over Atlanta.
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Returns to Arizona lineup
2BArizona Diamondbacks
July 8, 2024
Marte (back) will start at second base and bat second in Monday's game against Atlanta.
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Remaining on bench Sunday
2BArizona Diamondbacks
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July 7, 2024
Marte (back) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.
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Discussing possible extension
2BArizona Diamondbacks
March 26, 2022
The Diamondbacks are discussing a possible contract extension for Marte, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
ANALYSIS
Injuries derailed Marte's 2021 season, but he still had 14 home runs and two stolen bases with a .318 batting average. Marte is under contract for 2022 with team options in 2023 and 2024. Reports suggest Marte's extension could guarantee 2023-2024, plus three additional years for around $75 million. That could indicate the Diamondbacks intend to build around Marte for the future.
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