Your Mariners 2024 3rd Baseman is…
John: Noelvi Marte – Noelvi Marte was a high-prized prospect when the Mariners went out and signed him in 2018. He’s currently with Modesto, where he’s posting a slash line of .281/.366/.497. The rationale for slotting him in at third base is simple: his size. He’d need to gain 20-30 pounds to be the same size as J.P. Crawford. While it’s possible, the more likely scenario is that he simply shifts to third base when he reaches either Everett or Arkansas.
Chris: Noelvi Marte – He’s not moving Crawford off of short, and slides into third as his body fits the position better. Still big and fast, his arm plays there well. He potentially pairs that with David Wright style numbers with the ability to hit for average and power, with plus-speed. Marte could easily be the true franchise cornerstone of the organization through the 2020s.
Connor: Noelvi Marte – The #5 overall prospect in Seattle’s system, Marte is coming up as a shortstop, but I think he profiles best at third. He has a great frame at 6’1″ and 181 lbs., and at only 19, he may put on even more muscle as he continues to develop. Marte has the outlook of a 5-tool player; I believe it would be best to let him thrive at a less grueling defensive position, while still allowing him to showcase his fielding.
Jamey: Kris Bryant – And here is why I have Marte at second. The Mariners absolutely need to make a splash in the 2022 free agency period. And grabbing the former National League MVP would count as a splash. Bryant is an elite bat, can play third and left field, and isn’t yet 30, meaning he would fit into the Mariners timeframe. Bryant will have a lot of suitors, but this is an opportunity for John Stanton to go out and spend some money.