Jefry Marte has emerged as a young force in the Angels lineup this season, and has provided much needed depth the organization has been lacking from the minor league level. Acquired during the offseason in a small trade with the Detroit Tigers, Marte, 25, has pushed himself into a utility role that at times has made him a candidate to start every day should a position player go down with an injury. The former number 94 top prospect by Baseball America in 2009 was born in the Dominican Republic, and was signed as an amateur free agent in 2007, at the age of 16, by the New York Mets. However, Marte has struggled to rise the ranks, until now.
With a .264 / .289 / .486 slash line, and a .776 OPS, his future may finally be set with the Halos. A few more walks could be added to raise that on base percentage, but that would only bring his OPS over .800, which would only make this kid a worthy replacement for anyone who could possibly be traded by the upcoming deadline.
And to strengthen Marte’s case, Marte provided the Angels with a two RBI’s and the walk-off win to close out Sunday’s comeback 7-6 victory against the Oakland A’s!
— Angels (@Angels) June 27, 2016
So far, Jefry Marte is proof that depth doesn’t just come in the form of prospects in your own system. If all goes well, the Angels may have capitalized on yet another struggling prospect, and continued fulfilling it’s reputation for maximizing value out of such players.
Oh, and here’s Marte’s ice bath initiation!
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) June 26, 2016
Here’s more from around the Big A:
- Tim Lincecum has made two starts for the Angels, both against Oakland, That may not be such a good thing since the A’s were able to make immediate adjustments from game to game. Timmy threw seven shutout innings against the White Shoes in his first start, but managed only three innings in his last outing, averaging to a 5.00 ERA. The Freak will finally get a shake up as he starts this week against the red hot Houston Astros.
- Albert Pujols is now sitting alone at eleventh on the all-time homerun list!
— Angels (@Angels) June 26, 2016
- Mark Gubicza sported an elf suit for Christmas in June at the Big A!
— Kent French (@KentFrench) June 26, 2016
- Here’s a big surprise,,,
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 21, 2016