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Ketel Marte Ranked 5th on MLB Now’s “Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now”

It’s up three places from his 2023 ranking

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Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte ranked fifth on MLB Now’s Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now last night. The 2023 National League Championship Series MVP, who ranked eighth on last year’s ranking, finished one spot ahead of Matt McLain of the Cincinnati Reds and one spot behind Luis Arráez of the Miami Marlins. Earlier this week, teammate Corbin Carroll ranked fourth on MLB Now’s Top 10 Right Fielders Right Now. Additionally, teammates Zac Gallen and Gabriel Moreno were ranked third and tenth, respectively, on Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now and Top 10 Catchers Right Now last week.

On last night’s countdown, MLB Network analyst Tom Verducci said on Marte, “I like him because he can beat you in a lot of different ways. A switch hitter with really no weak side, he’s better on the right, but he’s really good on the left. He can go get you a bag when you really need one late in the game, plus defender, runs the bases well. Yeah, I like him a lot, you can make a case that he’s definitely top five on anybody’s list.”

The complete ranking for MLB Now’s top-10 second basemen is listed below:

  1. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. José Altuve, Houston Astros
  3. Marcus Semien, Texas Rangers
  4. Luis Arráez, Miami Marlins
  5. Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks
  6. Matt McLain, Cincinnati Reds
  7. Andrés Giménez, Cleveland Guardians
  8. Edouard Julien, Minnesota Twins
  9. Zack Gelof, Oakland Athletics
  10. Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs

2023 was certainly a bounce-back year for Marte, Not least because he simply remained healthy, appearing in 150 games, the most for a season since 2018. That helped Ketel to post 4.9 bWAR, the most since he signed the contract extension with Arizona. On top of that, he was key to the D-backs’ run in the post-season, where he batted .329 with a .914 OPS and set a major-league record post-season hitting streak, at 20 consecutive games. Hopefully that strong finish is a good sign going forward,

Hosted by MLB Network’s Brian Kenny, the 14th season of each Top 10 Right Now ranking considers player performance over the last three seasons, offensive and defensive metrics, both advanced Statcast data and traditional numbers, and expert analysis by the MLB Network research team. The series continues tonight with the top ten first basemen: might we see a Christian Walker appearance? Tune in this evening to find out, or check back here tomorrow morning!

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Marte’s ranking is...

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  • 6%
    Too high
    (5 votes)
  • 64%
    About right
    (50 votes)
  • 28%
    Too low
    (22 votes)
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