Miami Marlins: Why Luis Marte Can be the Spark the Marlins Need

Matt Melton
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 23: Luis Marte #76 of the Atlanta Braves throws out a runner at first base against the New York Mets during the Grapefruit League spring training game at First Data Field on February 23, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 23: Luis Marte #76 of the Atlanta Braves throws out a runner at first base against the New York Mets during the Grapefruit League spring training game at First Data Field on February 23, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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It is no secret that the Miami Marlins are one of the most injured teams in baseball. With those injuries however, comes opportunity for one player in particular.

Yes, the Miami Marlins are injured currently. While the entire roster has been affected up to this point with the injury bug, you could make the argument that the infield is the position group that has been affected most.

Starting shortstop Miguel Rojas is now on the IL with a hand injury for the foreseeable future, with starting third baseman Brian Anderson also on the IL with a injury that is unclear as to when we will see his return. Jazz Chisholm, the starting second baseman, is also currently not 100%, making first baseman Jesus Aguilar the lone healthy infielder.

Like I said, this Marlins infield has been absolutely decimated with injuries over the last two weeks. Yes, injuries happen all the time in baseball, but Miami cannot allow these injuries to allow them to fall behind in the close NL East standings.

This team is currently struggling, having lost four of their last five, and badly needs a spark to turn things around. Could a recent MLB call-up become that spark that the Marlins need?

Luis Marte could be the spark that the Miami Marlins need.

Can that spark be recent call-up Luis Marte? Marte, a 27-year old minor league veteran, was called up by the Marlins to make his MLB debut over the weekend, and was actually scheduled to make that debut on Sunday before the game was postponed.

As mentioned previously, Marte is a minor league veteran. Across 10 minor league seasons, Marte is a career .250 hitter where he has hit 37 HRs and 313 RBIs across his career spending time in the Rangers, Braves, and now Marlins organization.

A versatile infielder capable of playing multiple positions, Marte won’t necessarily blow you away with numbers, but you know exactly what you’ll get. A consistent hitter and fielder, Marte could play a massive role for the Marlins over the next couple of weeks.

With Miami’s current injuries, there are holes in numerous spots in the infield. If Marte can step in and provide consistent production on a daily basis, that is a win-win situation for both parties.

Think about it, if Marte can hit .250 for 2-3 weeks while also playing solid defense at numerous positions when needed, it can help solidify a Marlins everyday lineup that needs something to go right right now. If he does this as well, would Miami potentially keep Marte on the big league roster going forward?

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The Marlins need a spark right now. If Marte can step in and provide consistent production on a daily basis for a few weeks during his first action in the big leagues, it would be a massive help to a Marlins team searching for something positive.

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