Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Starling Marte‘s minor league numbers paint the portrait of an immensely talented player who could just become another platoon outfielder in the majors. For the most part, Marte will always have some form of fantasy value because he can steal bases, and speed almost always translates to the big league game assuming he can get plate appearances and get on base about 30% of the time. I love his 6’0, 180-pound frame and his history of double-digit homers in the minors. At just 24 years old, Marte looks like a player who could physically mature into a nice 15-20 HR threat if he can learn to put the ball in the air a little more often (which right now might be counterproductive given his role as leadoff hiter). I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but both Andrew McCutchen and Jacoby Ellsbury had low-to-moderate minor league power numbers and each has a 30 HR season, so there’s always a chance. To sum it all up, I like Marte and I see a lot of potential here. But there’s also the pot...
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