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Braves rewind: Whatever happened to…Andy Marte?

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Let's take a look back at Braves from years past.

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When the Braves drafted Andy Marte out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 2000, many saw him as the heir apparent to Chipper Jones at third base. While he wasn't the hitter Chipper was (who is?), he steadily ascended the prospect ladder, hitting 60 home runs between 2002 and 2004 with 242 RBI and a respectable .281 avg.

Prior to the start of the 2005 season, Marte was a Top 10 prospect, ranked ninth overall by Baseball America. Later that summer, he finally debuted with the Braves, appearing in 24 games overall with the big club. Unfortunately for him, Chipper wasn't going anywhere anytime soon and Marte was traded that December to Boston (for Edgar Renteria), who then flipped him to Cleveland as part of a seven-player deal.

Marte never could duplicate his minor-league success as a major-leaguer, essentially becoming a "four-A player". In five years with the Indians, he never played in more than 81 games and never hit higher than .232. He was non-tendered following the 2010 season, and tried latching on with the Pirates and Angels in subsequent years with little success until at last the D-backs gave him 16 at-bats in 2014. He repaid that gratitude by hitting a pinch-hit homer in his first at-bat.

Following that, Marte took his talents to the KBO and played the 2015 season with the KT Wiz where he hit .348/.414/.569 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI.

Full career stats HERE.