His birth certificate may say that he is still a teenager, but the diamond prospect of the Seattle Mariners, Noelvi Marte has already grown. The No. 82 MLB overall prospect produced one of the best offensive performances in the Minors this season, hitting three home runs and chipping in nine runs during a 4-for-5 night, when Low-A Modesto fell to Stockton, 16-15, in a wild game at Banner Island Ballpark.
The four hits were a season record for Marte, who equaled his personal best set in 2019 during his time in the Rookie League in the Dominican Republic Summer:
The 19-year-old’s evening began productively, if innocently enough, with an RBI single that produced the game’s first run in the opening frame. The first grand slam of Mars’ career in the second inning started his home run barrage, which continued with a solo shot in the fourth and concluded with a lead HR in the sixth.
The fourth-ranked prospect in Seattle’s system had two more chances to become the first minor league player to hit four home runs in a game since Yasmany Tomás in 2019. However, Marte walked and scored a fifth run in the eighth and he raised in the ninth, making him the 23rd minor league player to hit three home runs in a game this year.
The offensive outburst was notable for more than the obvious. The 6-foot-1, 181-pound shortstop surpassed his HR total and matched his RBI for the entire month of July when he racked up 114 at-bats and appeared in 26 games:
Signed from the Dominican Republic as an international free agent in 2018, Marte impressed the following year in his professional debut in his home country, hitting .309 / .371 / .511 with 31 extra-base hits, 54 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 65 games. .
Even after a mediocre July in which he hit .219 with a .586 OPS, he has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in baseball. Marte is hitting .277 / .361 / .482 with 31 extra-base hits, 54 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 73 games for Modesto, where he is far from modest.
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His 15 home runs are tied for second in Class A Baja Oeste with Rancho Cucamonga’s Jonny Deluca, both three behind San Francisco Giants prospect Marco Luciano.