A+On the surface, Jefry Marte had a disappointing regular season, hitting .248/.313/.346 in 131 games for St. Lucie after spending the previous two years in Savannah. On the other hand, the mitigating factors for Marte are his age - he turned 20 in June, and the league - the FSL hit .262/.331/.386. Marte got off to a hot start in April (.321/.396/.524 - 5 2B, 4 HR), producing the most extra-base hits of any month in 2011 in his first try. However, as the summer wore on, he wore down, hitting just .210/.263/.284 in the second half.
One reason for optimism about Marte's offensive game: his 2011 strikeout rate of 16% was his lowest in his three years of full-season baseball, a full 6% lower than his 22% whiff rate in 2009 with Savannah. A second reason for optimism: his strong Arizona Fall League performance, in which he had an equal number of walks and strikeouts (12 in 22 games) or 12.8% of plate appearances. That kind of strike zone control is a very large step forward.
I saw him only very briefly in 2011, but I thought he was moving better at third base than when I saw him in 2010. I should point out that he started playing first base in Arizona, and it was while playing first, that he broke his wrist. There's no good time to break a wrist, but the fall, when he should have a full three and a half months to heal the bone and strengthen the muscles before spring training seems like one of the less bad scenarios. If you'd asked me in August, where Marte would rate on my list of Mets prospects, I'd tell you he would be way down from his pre-season rank at #31. Now, I think he's more "holding."
ALets make this simple: Aderlin Rodriguez, who turns 20 today, has plus power. His 17 homeruns were the most by a Gnat as a Mets affiliate (exceeding Sean Ratliff's 15 in 2009), and the most by any Gnat since Luke Montz hit 19 in 2005. He was just the fourth Gnat as a Mets affiliate (since 2007) to hit double-figures home runs.
Everything else in his game needs work. He hit just .221/.265/.372 overall. Sure, some of that was hurt by his .245 BABIP, but that BABIP is also a product of lot of weak contact, especially popups.
He committed 44 errors at third. His arm, to my eyes is stronger than Marte's. His footwork was at least ast good. However, his hands aren't as good. It's very possible that he will have to slide across the diamond to first base eventually.