Originally written July 25, 2012 on North Side Notch:
Just heard from a source that OF prospect Starling Marte will join the #pirates in Houston. — Kristy Robinson (@Kristy_Robinson) July 25, 2012   Finally! It’s been a while, but a lot of people have been clamoring for the Pirates to call up their #1 hitting prospect, Starling Marte after he has shown that he has fully adjusted to Triple-A pitching over the past couple of months. The reigning Eastern League batting champion has recalled and will join the Pirates in Houston. He is hitting .286 with an OPS of .847 for Indianapolis. Outside of a sluggish May where he posted just a .656 OPS, he has been solid-to-great over the rest of the year. In April, his first month at the level, he had an .833 OPS. In June, he tore things up with a .944 OPS and he has kept it up with a .924 OPS in July. Marte brings the combination of speed, hitting ability, and a little bit of pop to go along with an exceptional glove and arm. He’s truly a five-tool player. I would have to imagine that Marte will ta...

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