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Sources – Noelvi Marty is the latest Reds prospect to receive an MLB call-up

Sources – Noelvi Marty is the latest Reds prospect to receive an MLB call-up

Jeff BassinESPNAug. 19, 2023, 10:31 a.m. ET2 minutes to read

The Cincinnati Reds are calling up prospect Noelvi Marte, sources told ESPN, adding another rookie to a potential senior class as they look to win their first division title in over a decade.

The Reds acquired Marte, 21, last year who sent right fielder Luis Castillo to Seattle, and he’s been a model of consistency across two runs this season, hitting .279/.358/.454 with 11 home runs. runs and 18 stolen bases.

However, finding a spot in Marte’s lineup is more difficult than usual for players who have performed like him in the minor leagues. The Reds’ junior squad includes players Eli de la Cruz, Matt McClain, Spencer Steer, and Christian Encarnacion Strand — all of whom are rookies who, like Marty, play shortstop or third base. Other Cincinnati starters include freshmen Andrew Abbott and Brandon Williamson as well as outfielder Will Benson.

Marte joins a slew of rookies, including Los Angeles Angels first baseman Nolan Chanwell and St. Louis Cardinals. Louis Shortstop Masyn Winn, to be called up in the final days. Teams, realizing that there are not enough days in the season anymore for rookie status to be depleted, try to get major league experience for their young players while keeping them eligible for team selection incentives through next season’s Rookie of the Year vote.

Since moving to Triple-A, Marte has played almost exclusively at third base, as his 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame fits him better from the shortstop position. However, Marte’s long home runs and strength from the right side have been his hallmarks since he was signed for nearly $2 million as an amateur and has catapulted onto prospect lists, including being ranked No. 37 in Kelly McDaniel’s midseason prospect update.

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The 64-59 Reds, who currently hold last place in the wild NL championship, are also just two games behind the defending NL Central champion, Milwaukee.