PHOENIX Alfredo Marte was the best player in the Southern League All-Star Game two weeks ago, according to the judges. He had two hits, a double and a run-scoring single, and also scored a run in the first three innings to help the South all-stars to their first victory in seven years.
In a game peppered with Diamondbacks prospects from Class AA Mobile David Nick, Matt Davidson, Marc Krauss and Marte started and batted 2-3-4-5 in the order, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs started on the mound and got the victory Marte added to his best season after one of his worst.
He was suspended for 50 games in 2011 for violation of major league baseballs substance abuse policy after testing positive for metabolites of performance-enhancing Stanozolol in January, an issue he and the D-backs would just as soon forget.
Marte, a center fielder, entered the all-star game with a Southern League-leading 13 home runs, and he still ranks among the league leaders with 14 despite missing the last five...