Mets Scouting Report: RHP German Marte

There's a reason he hasn't pitched above low-A

The Mets signed pitcher German Marte as an International free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in August of 2002. Since that time, he has been able to put up some serious numbers in the Mets farm system but has yet to advance above low-A ball. Here's a scouting report on German Marte.

Vital Statistics:
Name: German Marte
Position: Relief Pitcher
DOB: April 29, 1985
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Regarded as a pitcher capable of high strikeout totals, German Marte has certainly done little to dissuade those characteristics, fanning 68 batters in 68 1/3 innings this season between Brooklyn and Hagerstown.

Beginning the year in the South Atlantic League, Marte – a 21-year-old who signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in August 2004 – worked exclusively in relief, recording three wins and four saves in 32 appearances while compiling a 2.58 ERA.

In 59 1/3 innings, Marte walked 20 and struck out 62, and was a prime candidate to head back to Brooklyn – where he'd appeared in one game during 2005 – to help bolster the Cyclones' bullpen.

With the Cyclones, Marte didn't seem to miss a beat. He recorded the victory in the first game he pitched back with Brooklyn, throwing 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief on Aug. 2 at Oneonta.

Marte also nailed down four saves in his nine appearances while going unscored upon in nine innings.

Year

Team

W-L

SV

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2006

Hagerstown

3-0

4

59.1

49

20

62

2.58

2006

Brooklyn

2-0

4

9.0

7

6

6

0.00

2005

Brooklyn

0-0

0

1.0

2

1

0

0.00

2005

Kingsport

3-2

4

43.1

29

12

53

2.91

2004

Kingsport

1-0

0

26.1

30

9

33

5.13

2004

GCL

1-0

0

15.0

15

4

15

2.40

2003

DSL

3-2

0

75.0

44

15

70

1.56



Repertoire. Fastball, Slider, Split-Changeup.

Fastball. Marte was a bit of an enigma for the Mets in 2006. Once able to sit 92-93 MPH with his fastball in prior seasons, he was mostly in the 86-87 MPH range last season. Considering the fact that the majority of his fastballs are four-seamers up in the zone, the drop in velocity has scared many scouts as it is essentially at batting practice speed.

Other Pitches. Marte compliments his fastball with a fringy to Major League average slider. He has good command of his slider but it doesn't get the late tailing action he would like to help offset right-handed batters. The development of his changeup, which is more of a split-changeup, has helped him negate lefties.

Pitching. Marte, despite not throwing quite as hard, still has a closer's mentality and goes right after batters. He has a very violent delivery and it could be one of the reasons why he was throwing his fastball slower after four seasons taking its toll on him. His plan is simple on the mound: pepper fastballs in the zone to get ahead in the count and attack right-handed batters with his slider and lefties with his split-changeup.

Projection. The numbers have been tremendous in his career thus far. But while they make for good discussions amongst fans, there's a reason why Marte hasn't advanced beyond low-A ball in four seasons. If he can rediscover his pre-2006 velocity and get back up to the low-90's with his fastball, and improve the action he gets on his slider, he could project as a possible setup man at the big league level. The first step in realizing that potential however is improving his heater.

ETA. 2010. Marte could have easily finished out the year in Hagerstown in 2006 had he not been sent to Brooklyn for their playoff push. He has little to prove in low-A ball so he should open up the 2007 campaign in the Florida State League with the St. Lucie Mets.

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