Ketel Ricardo Marte Valdez
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.
Ketel Marte was the starting second baseman and lead-off hitter for the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game. Three weeks later, he made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners on July 31, 2015 starting at second base in place of Robinson Cano, who was sidelined with an abdominal strain, in a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. He went 0 for 4 but scored a run after drawing a walk in that game. He had been called up earlier that day as part of a number of moves made by the Mariners after trading away a number of veterans at the trading deadline. He played 57 games for Seattle that season, hitting .283 with 2 homers and 17 RBIs; he also scored 25 runs and stole 8 bases while playing mainly shortstop.
Marte was signed by Seattle as an amateur free agent in August of 2010 when he was still 16. He began his pro career in 2011 with the DSL Mariners and m,oved to the United States in 2012 with the Everett AquaSox of he Northwest League, where he hit .247 in 65 games. In 2013, he played 117 games between the Clinton LumberKings and High Desert Mavericks, hitting .295/.322/.364, a very good line for a 19-year-old infielder in full-season ball. In 2014, he played 109 games for the Jackson Generals of the Southern League and 19 more with the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. he was a mid-season and postseason All-Star in the Southern League that year. He continued to improve with the bat, hitting a combined .304/.335/.411 with 32 doubles, 79 runs scored and 55 RBIs. In 2015, he was hitting .314 in 65 games for Tacoma when he got the call to Seattle. In addition to playing in the Futures Game, he was a mid-season All-Star in the PCL.
In 2016, Marte was given the starting shortstop job with the Mariners and played 119 games, hitting .259 with 21 doubles. His OPS+ was only 68 (it had been 128 in a half season the year before), mainly because he failed to draw and any walks - he had 18 in 437 at-bats - and showed no power beyond his doubles. Still, at 22, there was plenty of room for growth, and that was what the Arizona Diamondbacks were looking for when they acquired him, along with P Taijuan Walker, in a five-player trade on November 23rd. Headed to Seattle were 2B Jean Segura, coming off the best season of his career, and two players who had made their debut during the year, OF Mitch Haniger and P Zac Curtis.
- NL Triples Leader (2018)