News: 5 days agoMarte went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run during an intra-squad game Monday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Spin: Marte opened summer camp much like spring training when he homered in his first at-bat of the Cactus League. He could move around defensively but is expected to make second base his primary home.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Where did that come from? Marte was an absolute sensation last season, and while it's easy to attribute much of his success to the rabbit baseball, grant him this: He batted .300-plus in five of the season's six months, he greatly elevated his launch angle to back the power burst with a bit of a skills bump, and he posted by far the best hard-contact rate of his career (40%). There are hints here of a reasonable chance at a semi-repeat, though "regression to the mean" does lurk, and has a bit of legitimacy considering how perfect his year felt. Marte remains a five-category contributor in rotisserie leagues, keeping him among the top 50 overall talents there, and he's not much less valuable in points-based leagues because of his high contact rate.