The Cincinnati Reds youth movement is in full effect. After calling up Elly De La Cruz on Tuesday, the club has seen eight rookies make their major league debut in 2023.
But the Reds aren't done yet. Another top prospect, the right-handed slugger Christian Encarnacion-Strand, still resides at Triple-A.
While it won't be long until Encarnacion-Strand makes it to The Show himself, he may have some company in Triple-A very soon.
How much longer will Reds prospect Noelvi Marte remain at Double-A Chattanooga?
Noelvi Marte has shown time and time again that he belongs in Triple-A. Marte may still be on the Chattanooga Lookouts roster, in part because of the talent ahead of him.
Marte was just recently named the Southern League Player of the Month after an incredible month of May. The shortstop has torn Double-A pitching apart for over a month, and with Elly De La Cruz now off to the big leagues, it seems like only a matter of time before Marte will supplant the Reds top prospect on the Louisville Bats roster.
Marte hasn't spent this much time in Double-A because of a lack of production. He is hitting near .300 with an OPS of .830. The 20-year-old has racked up almost 20 extra-base hits and has shown off his raw power with eight home runs.
Marte knows the strike zone well. While his walk-rate is just below 10-percent, the infield prospect has kept his strikeout-rate below 20-percent at Double-A this season. That, plus a wRC+ of 131 according to FanGraphs will certainly see Marte make his way to Louisville in relatively short order.
Of Noelvi Marte's 48 games played at Double-A this season, 17 have come at third base. The rest have seen Marte occupy shortstop or act as the team's DH. A position may be in order evenutally, but for now, let's just get Marte to the next level.