Marte’s representatives at J.M.G. Baseball confirmed his death on Twitter early Sunday morning.
— J.M.G. Baseball (@JMG_baseball) January 22, 2017
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Brave Andy Marte. Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/Au1sgqMItS
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22, 2017
Sad to learn of Andy Marte's death this morning. He was a genuine person who always greeted you with a warm smile.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 22, 2017
After signing with the Braves as an international free agent in 2000, Marte quickly became a highly regarded prospect and a potential long term replacement for Chipper Jones in Atlanta. In 2005, Baseball America ranked him as the ninth-best prospect in baseball, ahead of other future superstars like Hanley Ramirez.
He debuted with the Braves later that season, appearing in 24 games before being traded to the Boston Red Sox for Edgar Renteria the following winter. Soon after, Marte was traded to Cleveland, where he would spend the next five seasons.
Marte would make a brief return to MLB in 2014, appearing in six games for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
— #MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) January 22, 2017
Over 308 major league games, Marte hit .218/.276/.358 with 21 home runs and 99 RBIs. He’d spent the last two seasons playing in South Korea, where he enjoyed great success with the KT Wiz in the Korea Baseball Organization. There, he hit .312/.390/.547 with 42 home runs in 206 games.
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