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There are some ifs, but Marte could bring a nice power/speed combo. Photo courtesy of Michael Baron.
Starling Marte was one of those guys last year that you may have taken a flier on late in an auction or draft with the hope that he might get a late-season call-up to provide a speed-power combination that is hard to find. If you did that, you were thrilled that the Pirates called him up on July 26, more than a month before the September call-ups when most were projecting that Marte would arrive.
Marte was immediately inserted into the starting line-up and provided the power and speed that was promised with five homers and 12 stolen bases in 47 games.
This spring, he is sure to go in every draft and earlier than you might expect in some as he seems to have a starting spot locked down for the Pirates.
Let’s see what to expect from Marte.
As I said, he has speed and power and the ability to be at least a 20-20 guy and maybe 20-40. His stats would not have translated to that last y...
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