His birth certificate may say he’s still a teenager, but Noelvi Marte is an adult in the Mariners’ diamond market.
MLB’s # 82 overall prospect delivered one of the best offensive performances in the Minors this season, busting three homers and running nine runs in a 4-for-5 night when Low-A Modesto fell against Stockton, 16-15, Wild Affair at the Banner Island Ballpark.
The four hits were a season highlight for Marte, who achieved his personal best during his time in the Dominican Summer League 2019.
The 19-year-old’s evening started productively, albeit innocently enough, with an RBI single that produced the first run of the game in the opening picture. Marte’s first Grand Slam career in the second inning began with his homer barrage, which continued with a solo punch in the fourth and ended with a go-ahead jack in the sixth.
The fourth-placed prospect in Seattle’s system had two more chances to hit four long balls in one game as the first minor leaguer since Yasmany Tomás in 2019. However, Marte left and scored a career-high fifth run in the eighth run and blurted out in the ninth, leaving him 23rd minor leaguer, who hit three roundtrippers in one game that year.
The offensive outbreak was not only characterized by the obvious. The 6-foot-1,181-pound shortstop surpassed his long-ball total and matched his RBI performance from the entire month of July, collecting 114 at-bats and appearing in 26 games.
Retired from the Dominican Republic as an international free agent in 2018, Marte made his professional debut in his home country the following year, beating .309 / .371,511 with 31 extra base hits, 54 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 65 games.
Even after a sub-par July in which he hit .219 with a .586 OPS, he has blossomed into one of the most exciting young talents in baseball. Marte beats .277 / .361 / .482 with 31 extra base hits, 54 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 73 games for Modesto.
His 15 homers are in the Low-A West with Jonny Deluca from Rancho Cucamonga in second place, three behind Giants top prospect Marco Luciano.