by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
A few days ago we looked at the impact the surprising trade of Taijuan Walker and Jean Segura had (click here to view), but they weren’t the only players involved in the deal. What about the other three players? Is there any upside potential? Let’s take a look:
Ketel Marte – Shortstop
Marte is an intriguing secondary piece, despite not making much of an impact in 466 PA last season (.259 with 1 HR and 11 SB). He’s never going to be much of a power threat, though he does have the potential to contribute in average, stolen bases and runs scored.
He showed an ability to make consistent contact last season, with an 8.0% SwStr%, and with some speed and a 21.8% line drive rate it’s possible for him to see a bump in his BABIP. A career .289 hitter in the minors, he actually was better as he moved up levels:
He’s not a burner, but has stolen 29 bases in a minor league season and could swipe 20+ if given an opportunity. When coupled with his average potential (.270-.280), that could lead to runs scored if he’s hitting atop the order. That’s a big if, however, and not something we’d be willing to bank on. Chances are he doesn’t make much noise in Arizona and operates more as a utility option, but there’s a little bit of upside that’s worth watching.
Mitch Haniger – Outfielder
He hit 30 HR between Double-A, Triple-A and the Majors last season, and the right-handed hitter showed the ability to crush both righties and lefties while at Triple-A:
He also showed a very good eye at the plate while in the Majors, with a 22.6% O-Swing% helping him to a 9.8% walk rate (12.5% at Triple-A). He has never shown this type of power before, so it will definitely be interesting to see if he is able to maintain this type of production (72 total extra base hits last season).
He will be well worth an in-depth look in the coming weeks, but with the Mariners outfield seemingly having playing time available, with names like Ben Gamel, Leonys Martin, Seth Smith and Danny Valencia looking at AB, as well as being extremely left-handed, the opportunity will be there.
Zac Curtis – Left-Handed Pitcher
The left reliever struggled with his control in the Majors (8.78 BB/9), but pitched well at Double-A (13.73 K/9, 2.75 BB/9). That said, he’s not going to close and is a virtual non-factor.
Sources – FNgraphs, Baseball Reference, MILB.com
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