Oakland A’s former minor leaguer Miguel Marte dies from COVID-19
By David Hill
The Covid-19 pandemic continued to hit home for the Oakland A’s, as former minor leaguer Miguel Marte passed away earlier this week. He was 30 years old.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Oakland A’s hard. Minor league manager and coach Webster Garrison had been battling the coronavirus, spending weeks on a ventilator in a hospital before he was able to recover. Legendary pitcher Dave Stewart had been tested, but was fortunate enough to only have a severe cold.
Earlier this week, the pandemic hit the A’s family even harder. Former Oakland minor leaguer Miguel Marte passed away due to the coronavirus. He was just 30 years old.
Marte spent five years in the A’s system, a part of the organization from 2008 through 2012. He began his career in the Dominican Summer League, spending just over two seasons there before coming stateside. After a year and a half in the Arizona League, Marte’s career came to an end after his 2012 campaign with the Vermont Lake Monsters.
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Originally a catcher, Marte eventually moved to first base, while getting one appearance in right during his time in Vermont. Overall, in those five seasons, he produced a .251/.320/.373 batting line, hitting 16 homers and 41 doubles.
His best season came in 2011. While he was a bit old for the Arizona League that year, he showed some promise with the bat, producing a .299/.368/.511 batting line in 155 plate appearances. He belted a career best six homers and 11 doubles, earning that promotion to Vermont. Unfortunately, he was unable to replicate that performance in the New York-Pennslyvania League, ending his career.
The A’s have also shared a link to his family’s GoFundMe, donating $1000 towards their goal. Currently, the $5000 mark has been passed, as his wife and young twin daughters are looking for support through this trying time.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of former Oakland A’s minor leaguer Miguel Marte.