I can't believe I'm starting this thread, but I think it must be done. With Jhonny Peralta having played SS for the bulk of his career (well all of his career up until his recent move to 3B), any chance the Indians move him back to SS and Asdrubal Cabrera to 2B to give Andy Marte an extended audition the remainder of the year? As big of a bust as Marte has been to this point in his career, it is easy to overlook the fact that he's still 26 years old, which isn't really that old (for comparisons sake, Nolan Reimold is actually about 20 days older then Marte). If I remember correctly, he was touted as having a fantastic glove, and his hitting numbers appear to have caught up in AAA this year. He's hitting a blistering .326 on the season in 230 AB's and an eye popping .526 in his last 10 games (38 AB's). That batting average isn't full of slap singles either, it comes with 11 HR's as well as 16 doubles and 1 triple for good measure.
The walk rate certainly leaves a lot to be desired with only 14 in 244 PA. However, his K-rate is quite respectable at 37 in 244 PA. Sure, it's easy to cast Andy Marte as a classic AAAA player, but is it completely impossible to foresee him being a useful fantasy player in the making given his former high regard? I'm curious to watch the situation unfold. If I were an Indians fan I'd love to see he and LaPorta get the call and get some regular AB's the rest of the way.
Time to kick the tires on this thread. It didn't get a whole lot of interest the first time, but Marte is still raking (http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb ... pid=429708) and the Indians still stink. When does he get an audition? He still has a fantastic glove, so from a reality baseball standpoint it would make sense that the Indians would want to gauge if his bat is capable of sticking every day in the field or not. If he struggles hitting in the bigs, his defense will likely keep him around on the bench at least, but why not roll the dice and see if this former top prospect may have finally put it together?
with Marte coming up and Garko gone, whats the lineup going to be like? tonight Martinez is 1B with Peralta at DH with Carroll playing 3B. does Peralta lose playing time? i know his numbers on the season have been disappointing but hes been coming on of late. can Marte or even Peralta play 1B?
SpecialFNK wrote:with Marte coming up and Garko gone, whats the lineup going to be like? tonight Martinez is 1B with Peralta at DH with Carroll playing 3B. does Peralta lose playing time? i know his numbers on the season have been disappointing but hes been coming on of late. can Marte or even Peralta play 1B?
Maybe they'll give Pronk some time there. Hard to believe, but who knows I suppose. I'll be curious to see how his AAA numbers translate. I might speculate in my toughest league, not sure.
news from yahoo says Marte will get most of his action at 1B
INF Andy Marte will be recalled from Class AAA Columbus Tuesday, according to GM Mark Shapiro. Marte, who was hitting .327 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI at Columbus, will get most of his playing time at first base.
Marte was called up by the Indians after Ryan Garko was traded to San Francisco, ESPN reports. He'll most play first base, GM Mark Shapiro told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Recommendation: The Indians don't have much to lose by giving Marte another trial in the big leagues. It wouldn't be a surprise if he got steady playing time.