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Birth Date10-9-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 4 months, 11 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 PIT 23 47 182 167 18 43 3 6 5 73 8 50 3 2 2 17 12 5 .258 .300 .437 .270 4.6 -3.4 0.1
2013 PIT 24 135 566 510 83 143 26 10 12 225 25 138 24 1 6 35 41 15 .280 .343 .441 .286 28.9 -4.5 2.7
2014 PIT 25 135 545 495 73 144 29 6 13 224 33 131 17 0 56 30 11 .291 .356 .453 .312 39.5 -9.4 3.3
2015 PIT 26 153 633 579 84 166 30 2 19 257 27 123 19 5 3 81 30 10 .287 .337 .444 .281 25.4 -2.4 2.5
2016 PIT 27 129 529 489 71 152 34 5 9 223 23 104 16 0 1 46 47 12 .311 .362 .456 .289 32.2 7.0 4.0
2017 PIT 28 77 339 309 48 85 7 2 7 117 20 63 8 2 0 31 21 4 .275 .333 .379 .257 10.9 9.0 2.0
Career676279425493777331293165111913660987101226618157.288.344.439.286141.6-3.714.6

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 G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 dpi Rk 45 156 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 dpi Rk 65 293 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 WVA A 54 247 .286 .258 .327 .375 .266 .405 101 6.3 6.7 -0.4 -0.1 2.5 15.1 1.6 15.1 1.6
2009 LYN A+ 1 2 .716 .277 .322 .390 .259 1.000 101 1 0.1 0 -0.1 0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2009 PIR Rk 2 7 .235 .157 .242 .235 .162 .000 84 -0.1 0.1 0 0.6 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2010 BRD A+ 60 253 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .424 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 PIR Rk 8 28 .360 .247 .300 .365 .242 .389 107 2.8 1.0 0 -0.1 0.1 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2011 ALT AA 129 572 .321 .259 .326 .390 .270 .390 85 38.5 16.9 1.5 13.7 5.7 62.6 7.7 62.6 7.7
2011 ESC Wnt 30 134 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .422 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 PIT MLB 47 182 .270 .260 .326 .419 .267 .333 95 1.8 5.0 -1.1 -3.4 -1.1 4.6 0.1 4.6 0.1
2012 SCO A- 1 5 .149 .295 .338 .384 .298 .000 96 -0.6 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2012 IND AAA 99 431 .283 .259 .329 .395 .254 .344 100 11.3 12.8 0.2 6.6 -2.2 22.2 2.9 22.2 2.9
2012 ESC Wnt 29 126 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .368 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 PIT MLB 135 566 .286 .253 .313 .396 .257 .363 98 14.1 14.9 -3.2 -4.5 3.1 28.9 2.7 28.9 2.7
2014 PIT MLB 135 545 .312 .251 .311 .389 .263 .373 100 26.7 14.1 -2.7 -9.4 1.5 39.5 3.3 39.5 3.3
2014 IND AAA 3 12 .060 .268 .314 .379 .235 .143 103 -2.7 0.4 0 0.5 -0.2 -2.6 -0.2 -2.6 -0.2
2015 PIT MLB 153 633 .281 .254 .316 .402 .263 .333 98 13.3 17.1 -3.6 -2.4 -1.3 25.4 2.5 25.4 2.5
2016 PIT MLB 129 529 .289 .255 .322 .412 .266 .380 98 15.4 15.0 -3.1 7.0 4.9 32.2 4.0 32.2 4.0
2017 PIT MLB 77 339 .257 .250 .320 .419 .262 .324 95 -1 9.9 -1.4 9.0 3.4 10.9 2.0 10.9 2.0
2017 BRD A+ 3 10 .229 .278 .354 .369 .266 .250 96 -0.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.5 -0.4 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2017 IND AAA 9 40 .326 .261 .330 .403 .256 .407 94 3 1.2 -0.3 -0.3 0.9 4.7 0.4 4.7 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 dpi Rk 156 27 29 4 1 1 11 10 29 16 2 .220 .297 .288 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 dpi Rk 293 53 76 10 2 9 44 16 53 20 8 .296 .364 .455 .160 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 PIR Rk 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .235 -0.1 0.6 0.0
2009 WVA A 247 41 69 9 5 3 34 12 55 24 7 .312 .380 .439 .127 .286 15.1 -0.1 1.6
2009 LYN A+ 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 .716 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2010 PIR Rk 28 6 9 3 0 2 5 1 6 4 1 .346 .393 .692 .346 .360 3.8 -0.1 0.4
2010 BRD A+ 253 41 70 16 5 0 33 12 59 22 8 .315 .386 .432 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 ESC Wnt 134 21 40 7 2 2 14 6 32 9 2 .328 .368 .467 .139 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 ALT AA 572 91 178 38 8 12 50 22 100 24 12 .332 .370 .500 .168 .321 62.6 13.7 7.7
2012 SCO A- 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .149 -0.8 0.0 -0.1
2012 ESC Wnt 126 24 34 4 4 2 20 13 23 8 1 .304 .381 .464 .161 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 IND AAA 431 64 111 21 13 12 62 28 91 21 12 .286 .347 .500 .214 .283 22.2 6.6 2.9
2012 PIT MLB 182 18 43 3 6 5 17 8 50 12 5 .258 .300 .437 .180 .270 4.6 -3.4 0.1
2013 PIT MLB 566 83 143 26 10 12 35 25 138 41 15 .280 .343 .441 .161 .286 28.9 -4.5 2.7
2014 PIT MLB 545 73 144 29 6 13 56 33 131 30 11 .291 .356 .453 .162 .312 39.5 -9.4 3.3
2014 IND AAA 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .083 .083 .167 .083 .060 -2.6 0.5 -0.2
2015 PIT MLB 633 84 166 30 2 19 81 27 123 30 10 .287 .337 .444 .157 .281 25.4 -2.4 2.5
2016 PIT MLB 529 71 152 34 5 9 46 23 104 47 12 .311 .362 .456 .145 .289 32.2 7.0 4.0
2017 IND AAA 40 4 12 1 0 1 3 2 8 3 0 .333 .400 .444 .111 .326 4.7 -0.3 0.4
2017 BRD A+ 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .229 -0.5 -0.5 -0.1
2017 PIT MLB 339 48 85 7 2 7 31 20 63 21 4 .275 .333 .379 .104 .257 10.9 9.0 2.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2012 707 0.4682 0.4455 0.7079 0.5529 0.3511 0.8689 0.4848 0.2921 303 0.016493
2013 2162 0.4875 0.4866 0.7224 0.6110 0.3682 0.8245 0.5613 0.2776 829 0.009057
2014 2061 0.4634 0.4964 0.7273 0.6513 0.3626 0.8264 0.5736 0.2727 789 0.008307
2015 2262 0.4699 0.5632 0.7339 0.7262 0.4187 0.8523 0.5518 0.2661 757 0.001997
2016 1968 0.4538 0.5351 0.7417 0.7066 0.3926 0.8605 0.5640 0.2583 0 0.000000
2017 1256 0.4769 0.4857 0.7623 0.6294 0.3546 0.8806 0.5708 0.2377 0 0.000000
Career104160.470.51140.73330.66030.37990.84750.55810.2667513.15110.0051

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
5 yrPrevious$11,333,332
2018Current$7,833,334
6 yrPvs + Cur$19,166,666
2 yrFuture$12,333,334
8 yrTotal$31,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 163 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.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .285 .334 .422 .270
11 vs R (Multi) .302 .356 .458 .294
18 Split (Multi) .017 .022 .035 .024
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .292 .337 .393 .255
31 vs R (2016) .315 .367 .470 .296
38 Split (2016) .023 .030 .077 .042
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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DateQuestionAnswer
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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