#MLBPlayers411 | Ketel Marté
Ketel Marté, today's #MLBPlayers411 subject, is beginning to demonstrate the talent and versatility he brings to the D-Backs' roster.
The speedy, switch-hitting shortstop from the town of Nizao in the Dominican Republic streaked around the bases for an inside-the-park home run when his line drive to right bounced around like a pinball in the Chase Field corner, ricocheting off the fence into foul territory where it hit another wall and went back onto the field. By the time the Braves [add player name] corralled the elusive ball, Marté had scored standing up.
“It's fun for the fans. Everyone knows I run well,” Marte, who also walked and doubled in the game, said through a Spanish interpreter afterwards. “I never looked at the ball when it left the bat. I just ran hard and when I got to second base, I looked at the (third-base) coach and he sent me, so I just ran faster.”
The home run gave the D-Backs' a 5-1 lead in the third inning and they, too, never looked back on the way to a 10-3 victory.
“I think it gave us a boost and a little bit of energy because we scored a couple runs on one play,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “It was an unconventional home run and the guys are always in a great place in the dugout after moments like that.”
Marté, just 23, entered the game hitting just .196/.255/.370 since being called to the majors in late June after shortstop Nick Ahmed broke his hand, but he had been one of the hottest hitters in the minors when the Diamondbacks summoned him from Triple-A Reno.
The slender, 6-foot-1 infielder led all of minor league baseball with 105 hits at the time of his call-up and was batting .338 with six homers, 23 doubles, seven triples, six homers, 41 RBIs, 62 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 70 games and 338 plate appearances at Triple A.
Marté, who originally signed with the Mariners as an international free agent in August 2010, played parts of 2015 and 2016 for Seattle. He came to the D-Backs along with Taijuan Walker in a Nov. 23, 2016 trade that sent Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis to the Mariners.
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