Andy Marte shines in Diamondback debut
When you think of Andy Marte, you would probably remember a player who was at one point regarded as the number one third base prospect. This was 10 years ago.
As noted by Phoenix Sports Kings own, Manuel Childs, Marte came through the Atlanta Braves farm system. He was regarded as the top third base prospect in the nation but struggled to find his way into any major league teams. As a result, he would play in 302 games in a five year span, most of which came with the Cleveland Indians. He spent most of his time between the Indians 40-man squad, and their AAA affiliate, Columbus Clippers,
On November 6, 2010, Marte filed for free agency, after being sent to Triple-A Columbus again.
Marte would not find a a major league team to play for, but would sign a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
However, after he could not find a roster, or any minor league deals in 2012, Marte took the year off.
In 2013 he would sign with the York Revolution, a month after signing a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
On December 13 the Diamondbacks would sign him to a minor league deal.
Only today, after a pair of trades from the Diamondbacks, Marte was promoted from the teams Triple-A affiliate in Reno. In his first at bat for the team he hit a two-run home run, which would be the defining play in the teams 7-4 win. Tied at 3-3, Marte took Jeff Locke deep into the left-field seats to break the tie.
The homer is the first time Marte has been at back, or homered since 2010.
Marte, 30, believes he can still play and has to be hoping that the Diamondbacks will give the once promising prospect, the chance he has been longing for.
Phoenix Sports Kings Contributor Alex Mann @mannrotb