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Diamondbacks call up former elite prospect Andy Marte

Jul 31, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

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Once upon a time Andy Marte was one of the best prospects in baseball. He cracked Baseball America’s top 15 list in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He got traded for Edgar Renteria and then later for Coco Crisp. And then he just never hit, batting .218 in 302 games for the Braves and Indians.

But wait, his story may not be over quite yet. Marte is now 30 years old and has spent this season playing at Triple-A for the Diamondbacks, who just called him up to the majors for his first big-league action since 2010.

Marte was having a great season at Triple-A, hitting .330 with 13 homers and an .898 OPS in 102 games. Pacific Coast League numbers are always hitter-friendly and it’d be silly to expect a ton from Marte at this point in his career, but it’d be nice to see him put together a useful stretch in Arizona.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    That is a decent slashline but how did he fair in Right-Way-Game-Playingness?

    • spursareold - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Right. Might be a bat flipper.

  2. luz56 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Hey KT… Marte is a great gritty replacement for Upton…God please send this guy packing. What an embarrassment this POS has been. .. What’s more embarrassing is the lip service 98.7 FM continues to pay him.. #fluffers

    • gbrim - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      The fact that KT is still in the building this long after hiring La Russa has me very worried about the future of the DBacks. Towers has proven his incompetence, repeatedly.

    • joecb91 - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      I’ve seen Burns/Gambo and Bickley/Marotta going into KT a lot. Doug and Wolf though I can give you.

  3. wpjohnson - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Good luck to Andy Marte. He deserves success.

    • yahmule - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Agreed. I root hard for guys like this.

  4. twinfan24 - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    And, this is one more example of why I have to laugh every time a “can’t miss prospect” is traded, and everyone howls “how can they trade that future Hall of Famer”. A small few prosects turn into superstars. Most are actually lucky if they just turn into full time starters for a few years. Far too many burn out and/or get injured and either never make it or have a very short career.

    Weren’t the Royals supposed to have the best farm system five years ago and it was just a matter of time before they were playing in the World Series with all those top talents?

    • mattinglyschmidt - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Weren’t the Royals supposed to have the best farm system five years ago and it was just a matter of time before they were playing in the World Series with all those top talents?

      It still is, twinfan. It still is.

    • Bryz - Aug 1, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      If a person claims that a “can’t miss prospect” is a future HOF-er, they have no clue what they’re talking about. Perhaps you’re thinking of the people that claim that these players are future All-Stars?

  5. luz56 - Jul 31, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Scary that he’s allowed in the building… Wait till the fan base drops off even more..he’s destroyed the team and Gibson sounds like he’s on Valium daily.. The dbacks are a true definition of a s#it Show

  6. xbam1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    damn…it’s really that bad in AZ huh?

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