Late last night Rafa Nieves, the agent for Noelvi Marte, posted on instagram some photos that indirectly suggested that Marte – Cincinnati’s top prospect – was being called up to the big leagues by the Cincinnati Reds. This morning that news was confirmed by ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Noelvi Marte was acquired from the Seattle Mariners at the trade deadline of 2022 that saw the Reds send Luis Castillo to the Pacific Northwest. Cincinnati also acquired Edwin Arroyo, Levi Stoudt, and Andrew Moore in that deal. When acquired, Marte was assigned to the High-A Dayton Dragons where he played 30 games and hit .293/.397/.443 with 10 stolen bases before the season came to an end.
Following the season the Reds sent Marte out to the Arizona Fall League so he could get experience in games playing third base. He had only played shortstop while with the Seattle organization, but with eleventy-billion shortstops in the organization, it seemed to make sense to get everyone experience at other spots on the field just in case. Marte’s fielding was a struggle in Arizona as he made six errors in 21 games, posting an .838 fielding percentage.
This season the Reds sent Noelvi Marte to join Double-A Chattanooga to begin his season. In 50 games in the first half of the season he hit .281/.356/.464 with 10 doubles, a triple, 8 home runs, and he stole 10 bases. He then moved up to Triple-A Louisville where he’s now played in 39 games and he’s hit .280/.365/.455 with 10 more doubles, 3 more triples, and 3 home runs. Marte’s also stolen eight more bases, giving up 18 of them in 22 attempts this season. Between the two levels he’s hitting .280/.360/.460 with 20 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, 42 walks, 69 strikeouts, and 18 steals in 89 games that have covered 389 plate appearances.
Defensively he’s split time between third base and shortstop this season. His defense has been much better during the regular season at third this year. Marte’s made 10 errors in 56 games, posting a .925 fielding percentage at third base. At shortstop he posted a .946 fielding percentage in 30 games (all in Double-A). There’s still room for improvement at both positions, but he’s been better this season.
With Marte being called up it’s just another guy in the lineup with the Reds who is going to be a 1st or 2nd year player. Most days – at least for now – you’ll have to figure the Cincinnati lineup will include Matt McLain, Elly De La Cruz, Noelvi Marte, Spencer Steer, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, TJ Friedl, and Will Benson – all of whom have less than two years of service time.
Marte is taking the place on the 26-man roster of infielder Kevin Newman. He has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a left oblique strain.