Jefry Marte Scouting Report (2009)
The lesser talked about half of the Mets young “Dynamic Duo”, Marte signed with the Mets out of the Dominican Republic in 2007 for the discount price of $550,000. Marte burst onto the scene in 2008 by posting a .325/.398/.532 line becoming consensus top six prospect in the organization and borderline top 100 prospect overall.
In 2009, however, Marte is finding full season baseball a bit more challenging as his .245/.287/.314 line leaves a bit to be desired. His defense has also come into question as his double digit error total in less than twenty-five games is an early red flag.
On this evening, Marte made a better first impression than Wilmer Flores as he looked the more polished product. His professional approach caught my attention as he did not take a single pitch throughout the game for granted. He had a couple of mental lapses typical of a player his age including being both picked off and doubled off of the bases attempting a fake tag play from second base.
Marte’s ceiling does not seem as high as Flores based on his being much more developed for his age and his approach to the game. With that said, his floor is likely higher as well.
- Looked listed height of 6’1″; Looked 200-210 lbs; Heavier than his listed 187 lbs.
- Thick lower half; V-Shaped upper body; Well proportioned; Compact and strong
- More coordinated than Flores at this point; No awkward movements
- Athletic batting stance; Wider and lower than counterpart Flores; Quiet load in the batter’s box
- Showed glimpses of plus bat speed
- Jammed on 2-0 fastball during first at bat; Able to muscle it up the middle for a base hit
- Added two more ground ball singles through the 5-6 hole
- Stays low to the ground on defense; Average to plus arm; Arm action should keep the ball from sailing
- Took second base on an overthrow to the infield
- Picked off first base and doubled off of second faking a tag up
- Make up of a grinder; Did not take a pitch for granted on offense or defense
I left Grayson Stadium impressed with Marte’s all around game. At 17, he stood out against players four to six years older. Going forward, he’s likely to spend the rest of 2009 and maybe a portion of 2010 in Savannah. Marte’s top 100 ranking in Baseball Prospectus may have been a bit premature considering his current lack of pop from a corner infield position, but historically, International free agents tend to struggle in the South Atlantic League at a young age.
23 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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