Seattle Mariners Instructional League: Noelvi Marte showing promise

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 14: Noelvi Marte of the Seattle Mariners in summer workouts. He is participating in the instructional league. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 14: Noelvi Marte of the Seattle Mariners in summer workouts. He is participating in the instructional league. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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The Seattle Mariners’ No. 7 prospect Noelvi Marte is showing good signs in the Instructional League

The Seattle Mariners Instructional League team was only able to 20 games in Arizona after shutting down due to COVID-19. There are some good and bad signs from the young group of players. Noelvi Marte is one of the prospects who is playing well right now.

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Marte who is 19-years-old posted these stats via Kelly Munro:

  • 54 at-bats
  • .259 batting average
  • 1 double
  • 1 home run
  • 5 walks
  • 93.08mph avg. max. velocity (average of the highest exit velocity per game hit by Marte) via my own calculation

The young shortstop tied second for most hits on the team, despite him being tied third for most at-bats. He tied second for most strikeouts on the team as well. Marte’s strikeouts are a little concerning, but remember, he is a 19-year-old prospect. The Instructional League is helpful to monitor Mariners’ prospects, but it really was not too big of a deal in terms of numbers.

On the other hand, it was important for players who are closer to entering the MLB, like Taylor Trammell and Cal Raleigh. Trammell scuffled in the Instructional League which is concerning, but this year for minor leaguers has been a whirlwind of chaos, so we can cut him some slack. Spring Training in 2021 will be a better example of seeing player performances especially for those like Trammell and Raleigh, who will most likely face better pitchers.

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Marte was one of the best international prospects in 2018, so Mariners fans should be excited to see him develop over the next couple of years. According to the MLB prospect rankings, Marte is on schedule to debut in 2023.

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