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Diamondbacks call up former elite prospect Andy Marte

Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Andy Marte #25 of the Cleveland Indians breaks his bat in the game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 8, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Once upon a time Andy Marte was one of the best prospects in baseball. He cracked Baseball America’s top 15 list in 2004, 2005, and 2006. He got traded for Edgar Renteria and then later for Coco Crisp. And then he just never hit, batting .218 in 302 games for the Braves and Indians.

But wait, his story may not be over quite yet. Marte is now 30 years old and has spent this season playing at Triple-A for the Diamondbacks, who just called him up to the majors for his first big-league action since 2010.

Marte was having a great season at Triple-A, hitting .330 with 13 homers and an .898 OPS in 102 games. Pacific Coast League numbers are always hitter-friendly and it’d be silly to expect a ton from Marte at this point in his career, but it’d be nice to see him put together a useful stretch in Arizona.

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