Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Overhyped

The following young men have been hyped as "Can't Miss Prospects", but they've obviously been overhyped and they surely are missing. The Suspects- Andy Marte and John Van Benschoten.

Marte was signed as a free agent by the Braves in 2000 out of the Dominican Republic. He came highly touted and was supposed to be their future 3rd baseman eventually displacing some slouch named Chipper Jones. Marte spent only 1 season with Atlanta (2005) before being the centerpiece in the trade to Boston that landed the Braves Edgar Renteria. Marte never played a game for the Red Sox as he was traded a month later to the Indians in a swap that involved players like Kelly Shoppach, Guillermo Mota, Coco Crisp, David Riske, and Josh Bard. You would think a player of Marte's supposed ilk would be good, but he's anything but that. In 4 seasons with Atlanta and Cleveland the 24 year old Andy Marte has played in 129 games while batting only .198 with an ugly .594 OPS and has played very poor defense at 3rd at times.

Van Benschoten, Van for short, was a 1st round pick, 8th overall by the Pirates, back in 2001. He first launched on to the MLB scene in 2004, but floundered going 1-3 in 5 starts with a 6.91 era. Go figure that would end up being his crowning achievement as a big leaguer thus far. Since '04, Van has spent time with Pittsburgh in '07 and '08, but now has a lifetime line of 2-12, 8.66 era, 2.07 whip, and more walks than strikeouts...ouch!

2 comments:

SoxAddict said...

I'm not so sure the Red Sox were too sold on Marte. I think it was more that the rest of the league was so they took advantage of that.

If they REALLY thought he was as good as hyped, they would have kept him to take over for Bill Mueller (actually Mike Lowell but nobody expected him to be as good as he is.)

GM-Carson said...

I think the BoSox were simply bluffing with their adulation of Marte so his trade stock would be higher.