Behind the Breakout: Ketel Marte
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
With many viable candidates for the Behind the Breakout series available of late, Ketel Marte homering for the third straight game clinched his spot. Over his last 18 games, Marte’s scored 18 runs with three doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 16 RBI and a robust .341/.368/.695 slash line. Also in this sample, his isolated power of .354, .426 weighted on-base plus slugging and hard hit rate over 50 percent stand out.
When perusing his projected numbers this season, Marte’s currently on pace for 100 runs, 41 home runs, 112 RBI and seven stolen bases. Yes, Ketel Marte. Through 66 games, he’s scored 42 runs with 17 home runs, 47 RBI, three steals and a .280/.330/.539 slash. Marte ranks sixth in baseball with a 90.9 MPH average exit velocity and second in barrels with 26 in 221 batted ball events. He only totaled 22 barrels in 444 such events last season. Plus, he’s hit the longest home run in baseball this year:
Ketel Marte launched the longest HR for the @Dbacks in the...