The Cincinnati Reds are set to add yet another prospect to the team's ever-growing group of young talent. According to FanSided's Robert Murray, infielder Noelvi Marte will join the Reds roster this afternoon.
Marte, the Reds No. 1 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was acquired by Cincinnati at last year's trade deadline. Marte, along with fellow infielder Edwin Arroyo and right-handed pitchers Levi Stoudt and Andrew Moore were part of the massive return in exchange for Luis Castillo.
Marte will join the likes of Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand as one of the many young Reds prospects who've made their major league debuts in 2023.
Young Reds prospect Noelvi Marte set to make his MLB debut.
Noelvi Marte began the 2023 season at Double-A Chattanooga and made a rather quick impression on the Southern League's top pitchers. According to FanGraphs, Marte hit .281/.356/.464 in 50 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts and posted a wRC+ of 115.
Marte then made the leap to Triple-A a couple months ago, and has struggled a bit of late. Since August 1st, Marte is hitting just .204/.328/.315. Marte has limited his swings and misses, however, with a strikeout-rate of just 17.2-percent during that stretch.
How the Cincinnati Reds plan to allocate time for all their talented rookies is anyone's guess. Marte's primary position has been third base, though he has plenty of experience at shortstop as well.
Spencer Steer is likely to log more time in the outfield, and Matt McLain will probably continue to fill in at second base while Jonathan India on the IL. Until the Reds return to full strength, it's a good bet that Noelvi Marte will receive a lot of starts on the infield.
Marte will not be in today' starting lineup, and it's not yet known who's roster spot he's taking. It's a good bet that either Kevin Newman or T.J. Hopkins will be optioned to Triple-A Louisville.