To wrap up this grouping, we have the potential number 1 prospect in the system this time next year. Noelvi Marte has a chance to make the meteoric rise similar to Julio Rodriguez did last year. Marte has a loud toolset that is easy to dream on.
Marte has a rare combination of plus raw power and plus speed and a chance to stick at shortstop. Marte has 70-grade speed and 60-grade raw power. Marte has a strong arm and is a great athlete. He is still learning how to play defense, and while he may not be able to stick at shortstop, he has the speed to play centerfield and the arm to handle third if needed.
Marte has the power to be a 25 home run and a 30-40 steal player. The hit tool has some work, but Marte has a lighting fast swing and good plate coverage, along with a sound lower body to provide power and balance.
Like many teenagers, Marte’s approach at the plate is raw and he sometimes struggles to read spin out of the pitcher’s hand. Identifying breaking stuff is an essential skill for big league success. But at just 18-years-old, Marte has already shown growth in the area and has plenty of time to improve.
Marte is still a young hitter who doesn’t have the natural hit tool that Julio Rodriguez did. But Marte will get his chance to make his stateside debut in 2020. Expecting Marte to progress as quickly as Rodriguez is too much to ask of any 18-year-old, but Marte has that chance.
Well, there you have it, our first 35 names are now off the board. Next time, we finally get to our Top 5 Mariners prospects. The talent thus far has been great. But the Top 5 has some serious upside to drool about.