Seattle Mariners Break Even in Split Squad Games

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Mar 4, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder

Julio Morban

(70) and shortstop Ketel Marte (72) are unable to make a catch on a ball during a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Ketel Marte is Not Ready for Primetime

Ketel Marte was one of the prospects I was most looking forward to watching this spring. The 20-year-old tore up the minor leagues last season, and I had high hopes he would be ready to contribute at the Major League level at some point this season. His offense has lived up to the hype, but his defense has really let the team down thus far. He entered today’s game against the White Sox with 4 errors already this spring, and after yet another errant throw today, he was charged with his 5th error of the spring.

I am still a believer in Marte’s skill set, but I am no longer in support of him making his debut with the Mariners this season. I think he needs a bit more seasoning in Tacoma before he is ready for the lights of Safeco. Thankfully, the M’s already have two shortstops who are more than capable of contributing at the big league level in 2015.

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