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Birth Date10-9-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age30 years, 7 months, 18 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2012 PIT 23 47 182 43 3 6 5 8 50 3 12 5 .258 .300 .437 81 -3.9 -1.1 -3.4 -0.5
2013 PIT 24 135 566 143 26 10 12 25 138 24 41 15 .280 .343 .441 101 1.3 3.1 -4.5 1.3
2014 PIT 25 135 545 144 29 6 13 33 131 17 30 11 .291 .356 .453 114 8.1 1.5 -9.4 1.3
2015 PIT 26 153 633 166 30 2 19 27 123 19 30 10 .287 .337 .444 103 4.4 -1.3 -2.4 1.5
2016 PIT 27 129 529 152 34 5 9 23 104 16 47 12 .311 .362 .456 103 3.2 4.9 7.0 2.8
2017 PIT 28 77 339 85 7 2 7 20 63 8 21 4 .275 .333 .379 91 -2.8 3.4 9.0 1.8
2018 PIT 29 145 606 155 32 5 20 35 109 8 33 14 .277 .327 .460 107 7.3 0.1 7.0 3.4
2019 PIT 30 39 180 44 10 2 5 4 33 5 8 1 .259 .296 .429 80 -3.5 1.4 2.0 0.6
Career8603580932171389017575110022272.284.338.44210214.111.95.312.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2007 dpi Rk DSL 45 156 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 dpi Rk DSL 65 293 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 WVA A SAL 54 247 .258 .327 .375 .405 101 6.3 6.7 -0.4 124 0 -0.1 2.5 1.8 1.1
2009 LYN A+ CRL 1 2 .277 .322 .390 1.000 101 1 0.1 0 187 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2009 PIR Rk GCL 2 7 .157 .242 .235 .000 84 -0.1 0.1 0 22 0 0.6 -0.1 -0.6 0.0
2010 BRD A+ FSL 60 253 .000 .000 .000 .424 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 PIR Rk GCL 8 28 .247 .300 .365 .389 107 2.8 1.0 0 168 0 -0.1 0.1 0.8 0.2
2011 ALT AA EAS 129 572 .259 .326 .390 .390 84 38.9 16.9 1.5 140 0 13.7 5.7 13.4 5.1
2011 ESC Wnt DWL 30 134 .000 .000 .000 .422 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 PIT MLB NL 47 182 .260 .326 .419 .333 94 1.8 5.0 -1.1 81 10 -3.4 -1.1 -3.9 -0.5
2012 SCO A- NYP 1 5 .295 .338 .384 .000 96 -0.6 0.1 -0.1 2 0 0.0 -0.3 -0.6 -0.1
2012 IND AAA INT 99 431 .259 .329 .395 .344 99 11.8 12.8 0.2 114 0 6.6 -2.2 2.8 2.0
2012 ESC Wnt DWL 29 126 .000 .000 .000 .368 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 PIT MLB NL 135 566 .253 .313 .396 .363 98 13.2 14.9 -3.2 101 8 -4.5 3.1 1.3 1.3
2014 PIT MLB NL 135 545 .251 .311 .389 .373 100 25.7 14.1 -2.7 114 7 -9.4 1.5 8.1 1.3
2014 IND AAA INT 3 12 .268 .314 .379 .143 104 -2.7 0.4 0 21 0 0.5 -0.2 -1.2 -0.1
2015 PIT MLB NL 153 633 .254 .316 .402 .333 93 17.5 17.1 -3.6 103 8 -2.4 -1.3 4.4 1.5
2016 PIT MLB NL 129 529 .255 .322 .412 .380 95 17.6 15.0 -3.1 103 9 7.0 4.9 3.2 2.8
2017 PIT MLB NL 77 339 .250 .320 .419 .324 96 -1.6 9.9 -1.4 91 9 9.0 3.4 -2.8 1.8
2017 BRD A+ FSL 3 10 .278 .354 .369 .250 94 -0.3 0.3 -0.1 79 0 -0.5 -0.4 -0.4 -0.1
2017 IND AAA INT 9 40 .261 .330 .403 .407 95 2.9 1.2 -0.3 115 0 -0.3 0.9 0.1 0.2
2018 PIT MLB NL 145 606 .243 .314 .394 .312 96 18.6 17.0 1.5 107 9 7.0 0.1 7.3 3.4
2019 PIT MLB NL 39 180 .251 .317 .421 .295 94 -0.9 5.3 0.5 80 13 2.0 1.4 -3.5 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2007 dpi Rk DSL 156 132 27 29 4 1 1 38 11 10 29 16 2 .220 .297 .288 .068 6 6
2008 dpi Rk DSL 293 257 53 76 10 2 9 117 44 16 53 20 8 .296 .364 .455 .160 4 4
2009 WVA A SAL 247 221 41 69 9 5 3 97 34 12 55 24 7 .312 .380 .439 .127 0 0
2009 PIR Rk GCL 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2009 LYN A+ CRL 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 0 0
2010 PIR Rk GCL 28 26 6 9 3 0 2 18 5 1 6 4 1 .346 .393 .692 .346 0 0
2010 BRD A+ FSL 253 222 41 70 16 5 0 96 33 12 59 22 8 .315 .386 .432 .117 2 2
2011 ESC Wnt DWL 134 122 21 40 7 2 2 57 14 6 32 9 2 .328 .368 .467 .139 2 1
2011 ALT AA EAS 572 536 91 178 38 8 12 268 50 22 100 24 12 .332 .370 .500 .168 2 1
2012 PIT MLB NL 182 167 18 43 3 6 5 73 17 8 50 12 5 .258 .300 .437 .180 2 2
2012 IND AAA INT 431 388 64 111 21 13 12 194 62 28 91 21 12 .286 .347 .500 .214 3 2
2012 SCO A- NYP 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2012 ESC Wnt DWL 126 112 24 34 4 4 2 52 20 13 23 8 1 .304 .381 .464 .161 0 0
2013 PIT MLB NL 566 510 83 143 26 10 12 225 35 25 138 41 15 .280 .343 .441 .161 1 6
2014 IND AAA INT 12 12 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 0 0 .083 .083 .167 .083 0
2014 PIT MLB NL 545 495 73 144 29 6 13 224 56 33 131 30 11 .291 .356 .453 .162 0
2015 PIT MLB NL 633 579 84 166 30 2 19 257 81 27 123 30 10 .287 .337 .444 .157 5 3
2016 PIT MLB NL 529 489 71 152 34 5 9 223 46 23 104 47 12 .311 .362 .456 .145 0 1
2017 BRD A+ FSL 10 10 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 0 0
2017 PIT MLB NL 339 309 48 85 7 2 7 117 31 20 63 21 4 .275 .333 .379 .104 2 0
2017 IND AAA INT 40 36 4 12 1 0 1 16 3 2 8 3 0 .333 .400 .444 .111 0 0
2018 PIT MLB NL 606 559 81 155 32 5 20 257 72 35 109 33 14 .277 .327 .460 .182 3 1
2019 PIT MLB NL 180 170 26 44 10 2 5 73 19 4 33 8 1 .259 .296 .429 .171 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2012 707 0.4682 0.4455 0.7079 0.5589 0.3457 0.8703 0.4769 0.2921 0.0165
2013 2162 0.5056 0.4866 0.7224 0.6066 0.3639 0.8250 0.5476 0.2776 0.0091
2014 2061 0.4639 0.4964 0.7273 0.6475 0.3656 0.8239 0.5792 0.2727 0.0083
2015 2262 0.4748 0.5632 0.7339 0.7197 0.4217 0.8538 0.5489 0.2661 0.0020
2016 1968 0.4436 0.5351 0.7417 0.7113 0.3945 0.8631 0.5671 0.2583 0.0000
2017 1297 0.4719 0.4865 0.7655 0.6291 0.3591 0.8779 0.5894 0.2345 0.0000
2018 2261 0.4600 0.5356 0.7547 0.7404 0.3612 0.8727 0.5488 0.2453 0.0000
2019 592 0.4797 0.5439 0.7329 0.7077 0.3929 0.8557 0.5289 0.2671 0.0000
Career133100.47060.51700.73740.67450.37790.85240.55530.26260.0040

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-12 2014-09-14 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2014-07-22 2014-08-05 7-DL 14 12 - Head Recovery From Previous Injury Concussion -
2014-06-25 2014-06-27 DTD 2 2 - Head Concussion Player Collision While Sliding -
2014-05-19 2014-05-20 DTD 1 0 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2014-05-11 2014-05-14 DTD 3 2 - Low Back Soreness - -
2013-08-19 2013-09-06 15-DL 18 16 Right Fingers Sprain Stealing Third Base - -
2013-08-12 2013-08-13 DTD 1 0 Left Hand Contusion HBP - -
2013-06-13 2013-06-16 DTD 3 3 Left Trunk Soreness - -
2013-05-27 2013-05-28 DTD 1 1 - Head Headache Migraine - -
2012-08-19 2012-09-07 15-DL 19 16 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-11-02 2011-11-27 WIN 25 0 - Groin Strain - -
2010-05-11 2010-08-01 Minors 82 0 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2010-05-18
2009-09-07 2009-09-21 Minors 14 0 Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 PIT $2,000,000
2019 PIT $10,333,334
2018 PIT $7,833,334
2017 PIT $5,333,333
2016 PIT $3,333,333
2015 PIT $1,333,333
2014 PIT $833,333
2013 PIT $500,000
2012 PIT $
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$19,166,666
2019Current$10,333,334
7 yrPvs + Cur$29,500,000
1 yrFuture$2,000,000
8 yrTotal$31,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 162 dLegacy Agency6 years/$31M (2014-19), 2020-21 options

Details
  • 6 years/$31M (2014-19), plus 2020-21 club option. Signed extension with Pittsburgh 3/27/14, replacing 1-year, $516,000 contract signed 3/6/14. $2M signing bonus. 14:$0.5M, 15:$1M, 16:$3M, 17:$5M, 18:$7.5M, 19:$10M, 20:$11.5M club option ($2M buyout), 21:$12.5M club option ($1M buyout). Option prices increase by $0.5M each for top-5 finish in 2014-19 MVP votes, with maximum increase of $1M. 2021 option price increases $0.5M for top-5 finish in 2020 MVP vote. Placed on restricted list 4/18/17 (80-game suspension for PED violation).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/1/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/18/11. Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/3/12.
  • Signed 1/07 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. $85,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 468 73 127 23 4 14 50 34 89 31 10 .301 .364 .474 119 32.8 CF 1 3.5
80o 453 69 119 22 3 13 47 32 88 29 9 .290 .351 .453 113 27.7 CF 1 3.0
70o 443 66 113 21 3 12 44 30 87 28 9 .281 .342 .438 109 24.0 CF 1 2.6
60o 434 64 109 20 3 12 43 29 86 27 8 .276 .335 .433 105 21.2 CF 1 2.3
50o 426 62 104 19 3 11 41 28 85 26 8 .268 .327 .418 102 18.5 CF 1 2.0
40o 418 60 101 18 3 11 39 27 84 25 8 .265 .324 .415 99 15.9 CF 1 1.7
30o 409 58 97 18 3 10 38 26 83 23 7 .259 .318 .404 95 13.3 CF 1 1.4
20o 399 55 92 17 3 10 36 25 82 22 7 .252 .309 .397 91 10.3 CF 1 1.1
10o 384 52 84 15 2 9 33 23 81 21 7 .238 .294 .368 86 6.3 CF 1 0.8
Weighted Mean4276210519311412885268.270.329.41910318.8CF 12.1

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty, keep forever: if it makes sense for roster construction, you think Jesus Luzardo for Starling Marte makes sense/is fair?
(Loria from Milwaukee)
I would be trying to get a non-injured version of Luzardo if I'm the Marte holder. As is I think it is light. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm looking to move Starling Marte & Joey Votto in a keep forever dynasty. I could use pitching. If I target a rotation piece(s), what tier should I be looking at?
(AJ from Phoenix)
If you're pairing them together you need an ace back. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-04-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are Cole Tucker and Lolo Sanchez's upside?
(Jimbo from Utah)
I think Tucker's a good fit for the Pirates. Mercer's going to walk. Tucker, I think, will provide more bat and less glove than Mercer. But given the way the game's evolving--more balls in the air, more shifting of infielders (or at least not *less* shifting), the importance of a really strong glove at short is diminishing. Think Seager and Correa--not that they're slouches, but they're not phenomenal with the glove. They don't have to be! I think Tucker will be a net upgrade.

Sanchez is 18, so my Shane Baz racehorse analogy applies. He's only 18, but so far he's shown good speed and a good glove but nothing exceptional with the bat. Upside would be Starling Marte but I'm guessing he falls short offensively, which will limit him. But he's only 18! He can change! (Rob Mains)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cubs appear mortal, the Giants and Mets are a mess, so how much more does the Starling Marte suspension hurt from the perspective of Pirates fans?
(alcrisafulli from San Diego)
We're still talking about a Wild Card, right? For a team that currently has the tenth-best record in the league, four games behind the second wild card? It hurts from the perspective of having a team that's better, and some of the outfield follies in his absence have been notable. But he was a 7-win player last year. Cut that in half, and assume some ineffectiveness due to rust when he returns, and the team is...what, maybe five games worse because of his suspension? He's not the reason, at this point, that October ball seems unlikely. (Rob Mains)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Buying Matt Harvey? Yasiel Puig or Starling Marte too much?
(Shawn from CT)
It seems to be a mechanical, fixable issue but I worry that it will take another 1-3 starts to fix this. Puig is fair, but I'm not the biggest Puig fan. (Mike Gianella)
2015-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a non analytics guy, I keep reading on Starling Marte and how he consistently miffs BABIP experts. After he cut down on his k's and increased his walks, he had one of the highest 2nd half averages last year. What do you make of him moving forward?
(Greg43 from Pittsburgh)
He's great. Like, really, really, good. I picked him as a breakout candidate early last year and he did not disappoint. Eventually, his BABIP will fall back down to earth, but it's not unprecedented for a player to have a multi-year run of good BABIPs like he's having. Moving forward, I think next year he's relatively safe, but like I said, eventually the BABIP will come down. Hopefully by that point he can make up for declining BABIP with increased power. (Rob Arthur)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Gerrit Cole this year? Would you move a solid OF like Starling Marte for him in a dynasty league?
(Grizzly from Chicago)
Big fan of Cole this year, and I would definitely swing that deal in a dynasty league if it's available. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Better young outfield now and in the future. Gregory Polanco, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte vs. Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Gincarlo Stanton?
(Drew from Rockford, IL)
Pirates now, maybe Marlins next year, Pirates after that. Because are we to assume Stanton stays in Miami? Because with five bazillion trade rumors in the last two years, one of 'em's gotta be true. (Matt Sussman)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which longterm contract with paw print tattoos would you rathe have? Jedd Gyorko or Starling Marte?
(Callie Fornya from Vermont)
I didn't love either at the time, but Marte is the guy I'm buying between the two. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Who wins this trade in a dynasty: Jason Heyward & Tyson Ross OR Cole Hamels, Starling Marte, Nick Williams, and Nick Kingham?
(Dynasty Trade from Tradeville USA)
I think Ross is poop so give me the second side. Nick Williams might not know left from right field but he can hit. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Are you buying into Starling Marte in dynasty leagues? 20/40 potential?
(Evan from California)
I love Marte. 20/40 seems extreme, but it's not in the long run. I wouldn't expect Marte to hit for that type of power in 2014, though. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Starling Marte going to be the Robin to Cutch's Batman? Or should we expect him to come back to earth this year?
(Tony from Work)
The pepper to McCutchen's salt, the eggs to his ham, the Ernie to his Bert, the Hardy to his Laurel, the Naked Gun 2 1/2 to his Naked Gun, the (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Gregory Polanco ultimately become the regular center or rightfielder for the Bucs?
(Paul from DC)
Does he or should he? He probably should, and is the best center fielder of him, Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte (which is incredibly high praise), but he won't push Cutch out of center anytime soon. That's what winning an MVP will do for you, and Cutch isn't exactly a slouch out there. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good to here Polanco may be the best fielder of the three in PIT, but where do you come down on his ultimate offensive upside?
(Shawn from Lynchburg)
He'll be the dynamic leadoff hitter that Starling Marte isn't patient enough to be. (Jeff Moore)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Keeper lge: rank these please: Gregory polanco, Avisail Garcia
(Minor league guy from Lake villa, IL )
In a keeper league, it's Gregory Polanco and it's not particularly close. Polanco has 25-30 SB potential and could wind up being another Starling Marte for the Pirates. Garcia could be an OK power/speed guy, but I have some questions about what if he's ever going to steal enough for the fantasy side of the equation. Definitely Polanco for me. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)This was asked to Parks on his chat, but do you prefer Starling Marte or Gregory Polanco (aside from the fact Marte is already in MLB)?
(The Dude from Office)
I'll go on the opposite end for this. I prefer Gregory Polanco. I think that Polanco has the potential to be an All-Star Level player. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Drop Starling Marte for Domonic Brown? Too close to call? Or drop Marte for Matt Cerpenter? (Espinosa and Rutledge are my 2B)? Thanks.
(Chris from Toronto)
No and no. Don't bail on Marte - he has more upside than any of those guys for fantasy. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Starling Marte going to break out this year? I don't see him as a great leadoff hitter, even if he can sustain a .300+ BA
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
See my last... he has a ton of ability but controlling the strike zone is not one of them. People talk about guys like Braun and Trout as once-in-a-generation talents, but so was Alfonso Soriano... very few hitters can be impact players with such terrible K-BB numbers. That's not to say Marte can't or won't be an impact player this year, but let's just say I'm not giving up on Alex Presley yet, either! (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What exactly is Starling Marte? He could be anywhere from Stubbs to Fowler to Ellsbury, IMO. Thoughts? Thanks for taking my question!
(Sean from New Jersey)
I don't expect he'll strike out as much as Stubbs. Fowler is a really interesting one. My first thought was speed won't be much a part of his game, but Fowler's speed stats seem really Coors-driven with the triples but lack of steals in a good hitting park. Put them in the same environment and I guess you could see some similar things. (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Harry, What are your thoughts on the long term prospects for Starling Marte and Zack Cozart.
(dhorrell1956 from Winston-Salem, NC)
solid but not stars (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matt, Enjoy the chats alot. Who do you consider the best choice in a dynasty league without regard to position. Lance Lynn, Trevor Cahill or Starling Marte.
(dhorrell1956 from Winston Salem, NC)
Thanks, I enjoy the questions a lot. I'm really not a fantasy guy, but I do like me some Starling Marte. So take that for what it's worth. Also I'd think in dynasty you'd be concerned with injuries and so I'd suggest staying away from pitching prospects. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Pirate fan, do I have any reason to think any of our potential outfielders not named Andrew will be above average major league players? i.e. Snyder, Tabata, Marte?
(fgbaloh from Allentown)
fgbaloh, the good news is that those guys are all young. The bad news is... Jose Tabata has teased but seems to have plateaued. Travis Snider is not a bad gamble, but as with Tabata, he looks more like a role player to me. Starling Marte could be something. Scouts love him, PECOTA loves him, I have concerns about his plate discipline. But yeah, there's hope with him. (Geoff Young)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on two Pirates corner OF, Starling Marte and Travis Snider? Is this finally the year Snider produces? Can Marte have a productive 20-20 season this year?
(MJ from Pittsburgh)
I don't expect much out of Snider. PECOTA says .264 TAv with middling defense, and I don't say otherwise. That's not awful, but it's below-average in an outfield corner. R.J. Anderson wrote about Marte today, so I'd recommend reading what he had to say. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Polanco passed Josh Bell as a Pirate prospect and do you think either will have a better career than Starling Marte?
(rogero from Philly)
Yes; I think Polanco has passed Bell, but that could change when a healthy Bell gets his traction at the professional level. I doubt either will have a better career than Marte. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Starling Marte, does he have a reasonable shot at being an All Star at some point in his career?
(Paul from DC)
Sure, plenty of good-not-great players have strong first halves and make the All-Star Game. I don't expect him to turn into a superstar, but he does a lot of things well. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Starling Marte, am I crazy to think that he could put up a line similar to McCutchen with more power and a lower OBP?
(redguy12588 from Pittsburgh)
Nah, he isn't a star for me, more of a good regular. That said, I do enjoy watching him play and like the idea of he and McCutchen roaming the same outfield for the next few years. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Derek- which rookies currently in the minors do you see having the biggest impact this season? Any do you see any of them as upgrades from say Cameron Maybin or Ted Lilly (bottom of my roster)? Thanks
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
At this point, it's pretty much all about opportunity. The Trouts and Harpers of the world are already here, and now it becomes a waiting game for a lot of guys. With Tabata getting demoted, that time could be now for a guy like Starling Marte. Some other names to consider: Wil Myers, Ryan Lavarnway (if traded out of Boston), Danny Hultzen, Jake Odorizzi, Jedd Gyorko, Johnny Giavotella, Mike Olt, Travis Snider. It's a gamble dropping an established big leaguer for one of those guys, but in a shallower league where they're just bench players anyway, gambling on some upside isn't a bad idea. (Derek Carty)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a farm system draft coming up for an NL only league. Is Starling Marte worth the pick?
(Jerome from T Hills)
Maybe. Look at this picture of Bill Duke instead: http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsD/4978.gif (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I understand that the significance of spring numbers falls somewhere between very little and balls - but for a minor leaguer, does their approach, on a scouting level, against significantly more advanced pitching mean something? I'm thinking specifically of Starling Marte - who put up good numbers, and also demonstrated his tools in live action against big league pitching. Gotta count for something, right?
(Milby from Das Biergarten)
Excellent comment. Yes; anytime a younger, inexperienced player can face an older, more experienced player, the younger player will benefit immensely. That's why scouting ST is so important. You get to see match-ups that don't normally exist, and the information you can extract from those match-ups is invaluable. (Jason Parks)
2012-02-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)is Starling Marte ready to be a 20-20 guy this season?
(Laurie Fine from Syracuse)
This year? no. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Cory. Could you please rank the following prospects in order: Anthony Rendon, Josh Bell, Rymer Liriano & Starling Marte. Thanks.
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Punting this one to local prospect guru Kevin Goldstein. I will say though that I don't think much of Josh Bell as a prospect, while people are already talking about moving Ryan Zimmerman to 1B to make room for Rendon, so that speaks pretty highly of Rendon. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-01-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Starling Marte only walked 22 times in 530 AB last year, When you see a guy with a walk rate as low as this, is it a red flag as far as not being able to lay off pitches at the next level, even if the K rate is low? I am curious if this is a sign of a hitter that is not yet mature enough to handle MLB pitching, or just an aggressive approach.
(Steve from Huntington Beach)
The approach is obviously the big concern with Marte. For really good hitters like him, it's tough to lay off pitches he actually CAN make contact with. His advancement (or lack thereof) will basically define his ceiling. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In your opinion would you package Starling Marte for a young 1B since it has been such a black hole for the bucs? What kind of player do you think Marte will become?
(Seth from PA)
I wouldn't trade Marte for a 1B unless that 1B could hit in the middle of a lineup. I'm very high on Marte. Could end up being a first-division player, although some believe that is optimistic. He's an up-the-middle regular at worst and that has a lot of value. (Jason Parks)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like better and why, Starling Marte or Robbie Grossman?
(jsdspud from My Desk)
Marte can play a premium defensive position with more skill. Grossman is a Texan and I like that, but he isn't on Marte's level as a prospect. (Jason Parks)
2011-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lot's of conflicting reports from prospecting mavens recently on Robbie Grossman (BA Calis vs. Fangraphs and now minorleagueball.com). My gut says Starling Marte is the better prospect, but I have to disagree with BA that it's not particularly close. My gut is wrong?
(marjinwalker from DC)
Grossman is tough guy to wrap your head around. He does a lot of things, but has some real weaknesses, and has a weird profile as a corner outfielder. I do like him, however, and I think it's close. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Starling Marte -- a future All Star?
(Steve from Pittsburgh)
I like him, but not THAT much. (Kevin Goldstein)


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