Originally posted on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 3/8/12
The biggest buzz out of Bradenton through the first week of spring training games is that Starling Marte, who's generally been ranked somewhere in the 50-100 portion of people's Top 100 prospects lists, is absolutely on fire. He's played in five games, he's 8-for-11 and he's got a double and a homer, he stole a base, and he hasn't struck out yet (update as I finish writing this: he just homered again). Obviously we Pirate fans are a bit gunshy when it comes to prospects since Andrew McCutchen is pretty much the only prospect the team has had in the last two decades to actually pan out, and obviously early spring training results mean very, very little, but it's exciting to see a player like Marte come out and just rake in his first spring training. That's because Marte falls into the "very talented, flawed, but very very raw" grouping of prospects. He had an incredible year at Double-A last year -- he hit .322/.370/.500 with 38 doubles, 9 triples, and 12 homers after hitting exactly...
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