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STARLING MARTE RUMORS

Starling Marte doesn’t need to break out to be good; he’s already there

This is an oft-repeated pre-season 2015 Pittsburgh Pirate trope: If Starling Marte can play like he played in August and September last year, he’ll be a star.  This is a list of the outfielders in Major League Baseball to have more than 10 WAR (Baseball-Reference WAR, at least: UZR haaaaates the Pirates’ outfield defense and so both McCutchen and Marte score quite a bit lower...
Via WHYGAVS?
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Best Outfield in Baseball, and Maybe Eventually the Best Rotation?

For the last year, Pittsburgh Pirates fans have been looking forward to the “Dream Outfield” of Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gregory Polanco. McCutchen was already an MVP, Marte was quietly becoming an annual 4-5 WAR player, and I think Polanco has the upside to eventually be the best of the group. That combination looked like it could be the best outfield in baseball...
Via Pirates Prospects
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 1

A few thoughts during a Spring Training writing cameo.  (Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit USA Today)  It was over with one swing of the bat; image credit cityofchampionssports As the dust settled on October 2nd after a humbling 8-0 thumping by the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game, most expected the offseason to bring the departures of both C Russell...
Via isportsweb.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #35: Starling Marte | OF | PIT

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! It says a lot about the Pirates that Starling Marte isn’t the best player on his team. Hell, he isn’t even the best guy in his team’s outfield. When you play next to Andrew McCutchen, you’re always going to be the second dog, but seeing as how McCutchen is a top five player in all of baseball, being...
Via Baseball Professor
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and the Quest for the Perfect Batted Ball Profile

What follows is a brief excerpt from the latest edition of FanGraphs Audio featuring Kiley McDaniel, and also the approximate moment when I started conducting research for this post and subsequently stopped giving my undivided attention to the aforementioned podcast: A very literal transcript, for those unable to listen to the embedded audio for whatever […]
Via Fangraphs
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have the best outfield in baseball?

As the Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to make the post season for the third consecutive year in 2015, their success will ultimately hinge on the production of their most talented unit: the starting outfield. Often touted as one of the best outfields in all of baseball, the trio of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco will need to deliver big numbers if Pittsburgh hopes...
Via isportsweb.com
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Why Starling Marte Might Be an MVP Candidate

Starling Marte was already one of the kings of hidden value. Metrics like Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have loved him, despite his average power, and despite his ugly ratios of strikeouts to walks. One contributing factor has been that he’s played half the time in an extremely pitcher-friendly ballpark, but this goes well beyond that. […]
Via Fangraphs
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Curve Balls No Longer Kryptonite for Starling Marte

Starling Marte has been red hot since returning from the Disabled List on August 5th. Over his last 32 games he has a triple slash line of .342/.402/.575. But there is more to these numbers from Marte than just a hot stretch. He seems like a completely different hitter. Marte has made adjustments to cut down on his whiffs considerably. Prior to his stint on the DL with a concussion...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Starling Marte the strikeout machine

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte The Pittsburgh Pirates’ offensive woes continue, and Starling Marte has not been much help in the leadoff spot. The left-fielder leads all the major league with 37 strikeouts, just one month into the season. That puts Marte on pace for about 236 strikeouts, according to NBC Sports. This would easily smash Mark Reynolds 223 strikeouts in 2009...
Via isportsweb.com
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Extending the Marte Partay

The Pirates’ offseason has been extremely disappointing in terms of addressing needs for 2014, but on Tuesday they took another encouraging step for the future by signing Starling Marte to a six year contract extension (with two additional club option years). The deal is worth $31 million and buys out all of Marte’s arbitration seasons and at least one year after he would have...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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