Arizona Diamondbacks call up former number one prospect Andy Marte

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With the trades of starting third baseman Martin Prado and the announcement of Eric Chavez’s retirement, the Arizona Diamondbacks were left without a capable third baseman. So they called up former number one overall third base prospect Andy Marte.

Marte came up though the Atlanta Braves farm system where he was rated as the number one prospect by Baseball America in 2004-2005 and again while with the Boston Red Sox in 2006. However he would struggle to earn a full-time starter position in the majors and spent the majority of his career in the minors. He played a total of 302 games over six seasons, most of which came with the Cleveland Indians from 2006 to 2010. He has a career .218/.277/.358 batting line with 45 doubles, 20 home runs, 96 runs batted in and 85 runs scored.  He batted .330 with 26 doubles, 13 home runs and 62 runs batted in with Triple-A Reno this season.

And with the departure of Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers they also called up outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno where he played in 74 games and batted .268 with 20 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homers and 34 runs batted in. He most recently went 1-for-3 with a walk on July 30 at Fresno. He was recalled twice earlier in the year from April 24-30 and again from June 16 to July 11 where he played in 19 games for the Diamondbacks and had a .207 batting average with a double, home run and 2 runs batted in.

Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Manuel Childs

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