Question 3 : Is Ketel Marte the M’s shortstop of the future?
The battle for the starting shortstop job for the Seattle Mariners got a lot less complicated already this offseason, one would think. Brad Miller was going to challenge Ketel Marte and Chris Taylor in Spring Training until he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. That trade opened the door for both Marte and Taylor. The job has to be viewed as Marte’s to lose.
Why do I think Marte is going to be the starter next season? Because he is the type of guy Dipoto is looking for. He is athletic, plays good, but not great, defense and gets on base. Making his major-league debut in 2015, Marte played in the final 57 games for the M’s slashing .283/.351/.402. Marte isn’t a power hitter but has speed and can spray the ball all over the field. He struck out 43 times in 247 plate appearances with 24 walks while batting leading off most of the time. Marte also stole eight bags out of twelve attempts.
Marte just turned 22 in October and is under team control for many years, I think the future is bright for Marte. Dipoto showed his confidence in Marte (or Taylor) when he traded Miller.