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Player Spotlight: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Ketel Marte


For a second straight season, Ketel Marte has worked extremely hard in the offseason and Spring Training to become a better player and teammate.

Coming up with the Seattle Mariners, Marte was a shortstop and played that position for three years including his first with Arizona.

However, last year he was forced to learn how to play second base.

A year later, the Diamondbacks transitioned him to the outfield to replace the loss of A.J. Pollock.

Marte was penciled in at center field as the start of the 2019 MLB season approached.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Ketel Marte

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Just a few weeks before the start of the season, Arizona went out and signed Adam Jones. Jones spent the last 11 seasons in Baltimore, where he played 1556 games in center field and just 35 games between right and left field.

With Nick Ahmed, Eduardo Escobar, Wilmer Flores, Christian Walker and Jake Lamb already on the roster, the infield was pretty much set, leaving Marte’s as a utility player. This was a huge reason why his fantasy baseball rankings (225 overall, 22 2b, 24 ss) and ADP (227 NFBC March, 12 team) were as low as they were.

However, just days before the season started, the Diamondbacks lost right fielder Steven Souza to a season-ending knee injury.

This forced Arizona to shift Jones to right field, with Marte in center on opening day.

Recap Of Last Season

After getting 500+ at-bats for the first time in his career, the Diamondbacks had to be happy with how Marte performed last year. Marte hit .260 with a .332 OBP, racking up 52 extra base hits – 26 doubles, 12 triples and 14 home runs. Marte scored 68 runs while driving in 59.

Over the past two seasons, Marte has drawn 83 walks and struck out 116 times, quite an impressive ratio. His 0.72 BB/K ratio was good for 20th in the league last year, finishing right behind Didi Gregorious and Jose Altuve. Showing a good eye and limiting his strikeouts will be a major key to his success in 2019.

Off To A Hot Start

Marte is off to a nice start in 2019, hitting .300 over his first nine games of the season.

He’s already shown off some power with three home runs on the year, including a monster game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, with two home runs (from each side of the plate), including a grand slam and pick up 5 RBI.

In 2018, 38.5% of Marte’s hits went for extra bases, and he’s currently sitting at 41.6% so far in 2019.

With Jake Lamb being put on the IL a few days ago, Marte will continue to be in the lineup every day. Lamb is set to miss about six weeks.

He should be owned in most, if not all, fantasy leagues.

When I began writing this article, Marte was just 30% owned on Yahoo. Ownership is now up to 60%, but you might want to see if you can pick him up.

Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Outlook

Ketel Marte gets the Rangers for a quick two-game series where runs could be scored in bulk, before taking on a much improved Padres team for four games. All six games are at home.

Marte has had success against Padres pitchers, taking three of them deep before:

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