From BR Bullpen
Andy Manuel Marte
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
 Biographical Information
Andy Marte was a highly-touted third base prospect out of the Dominican Republic. He was signed by scouts Rene Francisco and Julian Perez for the Atlanta Braves and had early success in the Braves minor league system.
Marte debuted in the Major Leagues at the age of 21 in 2005. His first short stint with the Braves was not a succesful one as he hit .140 in 22 games. That performance raised questions about his ability to hit on the Major League level. The Braves traded him to the Boston Red Sox for Edgar Renteria after the season, then the Red Sox turned around and traded him to the Cleveland Indians in a multi-player deal in which they received Coco Crisp.
In 2007, Marte was granted the Indians' starting job at 3B. He did not perform well and went down with an injury early in the season. In the 16 games he did play, he hit .180 with one home run and 8 RBIs in 50 ABs. After recovering from the injury, Marte was demoted to AAA Buffalo. Casey Blake moved back to third base for Cleveland, with Ryan Garko taking over Blake's first base duties. Marte hit .267 with 17 doubles and 16 home runs in 96 games for Buffalo, a virtual carbon copy of his 2006 performance for the team. He played a few games for the Indians in September, but failed to raise his batting average above the Mendoza Line.