Newly acquired shortstop prospect Noelvi Marte begins Reds career at High-A Dayton

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If Reds fans are interested in what the future might look like, all that's need is some gas in the tank and about an hour's worth of time to head up I-75 to Dayton to take in a game at Day Air Ballpark.

That's where you'll find the Cincinnati Reds newest prospect Noelvi Marte. The Reds traded Luis Castillo last week to the Seattle Mariners. In return, Cincinnati received Marte, fellow shortstop Edwin Arroyo, and pitchers Andrew Moore and Levi Stoudt.

Marte debuted for the Dayton Dragons last night while batting cleanup and playing shortstop. There's some question about whether or not the 20-year-old will stick there over the long haul, but for now, it seems like a safe bet that he'll continue to play shortstop.

Reds newest prospect Noelvi Marte debuted for the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday.

The Dayton Dragons fell to the Peoria Chiefs last night and Noelvi Marte went 0-for-4 in his first game within the Cincinnati Reds organization. Marte did, however, pull off a fantastic defensive play.

In the top of the fifth inning, Chiefs' batter Francisco Hernandez lined a ball toward the hole, but Marte leapt into the air to secure the out and threw on to first baseman Garrett Wolforth to double up L.J. Jones who was already sprinting from first to second base.

The Cincinnati Reds have been praised for the haul they received from the Seattle Mariners with Noelvi Marte being the crown jewel of the transaction. Shortstop Edwin Arroyo is currently at the team's complex in Arizona, both Matt McLain and Elly De La Cruz are at Double-A Chattanooga, and Jose Barrero is expected to be called up to the big leagues on Wednesday.

The Reds now have a plethora of athletic shortstops strewn throughout the farm system. While there will surely be some shuffling in the coming years, according to Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, you can never enough shortstops. But he might be a little biased.

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