Noelvi Marte has become more and more popular among scouts and is currently the 83rd prospect in baseball (according to the MLB). The young Seattle Mariners infielder has been even compared to Hanley Ramirez because of his bat.
The 19-year-old is assigned a 55 overall scouting grade on MLB.com, with his speed being the highest grade at 60. His power and arm are 55, while his hitting and fielding are at 50. As he continues to mature, does he have a chance to become a top 10 prospect?
FanGraphs has Seattle Mariners prospect Noelvi Marte as the 11th best prospect
I was browsing the FanGraphs prospect rankings yesterday while writing my Joey Bart article and I was amazed to find three Seattle Mariners prospects at the very top of the list. It had Jarred Kelenic at number three, Julio Rodriguez at number nine, and then Noelvi Marte at number 11.
That wasn’t a typo folks. Marte is the 11th ranked prospect according to the people at FanGraphs. Noelvi Marte is right behind Detroit Tigers prospect Riley Greene and after Seattle native Corbin Carroll.
I was a little surprised to see his Noelvi Marte that high on the list but I trust the people over at FanGraphs. What I also found interesting was that Emerson Hancock and George Kirby were respectively the 45th and 49th ranked prospects on the FanGraphs list. On MLB.com, Emerson Hancock is the 23rd ranked prospect and George Kirby is the 72nd ranked prospect.
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How has Noelvi Marte been playing in the Seattle Mariners farm system?
In 2019, he hit .309 and slugged .511 at the Rookie Ball. He posted a .413 wOBA, 138 wRC+, and hit nine home runs, and stole 17 bases in just 65 games. Pretty impressive to say the least, especially when you consider that he was 17-years-old at the time.
And this year, he is in Modesto as a 19-year-old and he’s done great. He owns a .273 average and a .469 slugging percentage. He also has a .367 wOBA and 116 wRC+. He has hit 12 dingers and stolen 10 bases so far.
Fielding has been somewhat of a concern for scouts and he has struggled a bit this season. He has made 20 errors which puts him at a .911 fielding percentage. Not a very promising start, but he still has time to become a consistent fielder.
So, does he have a chance to be a top 10 MLB prospect?
Well, according to FanGraphs, he is practically there. Am I just as hopeful as FanGraphs? Yes, I am.
Do I think he deserves to be the 11th ranked prospect right now? Umm, not quite. I still think there are a handful of prospects who are a little more deserving than Marte right now, but he has clearly become a potential superstar and I am so excited.
The future is extremely bright in Seattle. We could have Jarred Kelenic, Taylor Trammell, and Julio Rodriguez in the outfield. Logan Gilbert, George Kirby, Emerson Hancock, and Brandon Williamson in the starting rotation. And Noelvi Marte manning shortstop or third base.