Mariners News: Marte to Leadoff in Futures Game


While the Mariners get set to battle the Angels in the finale of a pivotal four-game set right before the all-star break this afternoon, we remind you that the all-star festivities kick off today in Cincinnati with the MLB Futures Game. It’s the USA vs. the World and the Mariners have two players representing the World Team…

Marte, 21, is hitting .343 through 51 games with Tacoma this season. He also boasts a near .400 OBP (.393). He provides the Mariners system with a good combination of the ability to get on base and the ability to run. He has 17 stolen bases this season.

He took 29 bags last season across multiple levels. Perhaps the best thing about Marte is his ability to make contact. He has struck out only 20 times in 208 at-bats this season.

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Diaz, also 21, is currently 3-6 on the year for AA Jackson with a 4.69 ERA. But, prior to his promotion, he was 2-0 at Single-A Bakersfield. He throws a good amount of strikes, as he has walked just one every three innings in more than 90 cumulative innings this season.

First pitch in the Futures Game is 3 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. PST. The Mariners face the Angels at 1 p.m. PST. And then remember, the All-Star Game is Tuesday night. Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz represent the Mariners in the Mid-Summer Classic.

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