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2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

View image | gettyimages.com The following is a team preview for the Pittsburgh Pirates from a fantasy baseball perspective, contributed by Brian Dunshee. Offseason Overview The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the 2015 campaign as one of the few standout NL powers, having two MVP caliber players on their team in Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. Though they lost the productive...
Via The Fantasy Fix
8 hours 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #39: Jacoby Ellsbury | OF | NYY

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Oddly enough, one of the worst things Jacoby Ellsbury ever did for his fantasy value was hit 32 HR in 2011. We know he’s not a 30-homer hitter, but then again I believe it was Ron Shandler who said, “once you display a skill, you own it,” so by that logic Ellsbury is a 30-homer hitter. Not that 30...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

An Attempt to Explain Yasiel Puig’s BABIP

Been talkin’ about BABIP lately. Let’s talk about BABIP again. Let’s talk about Yasiel Puig, and his BABIP. Last week, I wrote a post on Starling Marte, in which I examined his extraordinary high batting average on balls in play. I had a hypothesis, and that hypothesis was confirmed. It was far from revolutionary. I […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  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
11 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Ranked as the Third Best Team in Baseball

On ESPN.com on Friday afternoon, David Schoenfield wrapped up his rankings on all 30 teams in baseball and he placed the Pittsburgh Pirates third in all of baseball. They are also third in the National League, falling behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. Schoenfield put a lot of work into these rankings, splitting them up into five separate articles. In his evaluation...
Via Pirates Prospects
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates as a 90 Win Team

In each of the last two years, whenever the ZiPS projections came out, I did a separate article using those projections to get an overall projection for the Pittsburgh Pirates that year. In 2013, that projection had the Pirates at 83 wins. That was low, since they ended up with 94 wins, although the projection was much higher than every other projection out there. Last year I did...
Via Pirates Prospects
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte < 500

Besides Gerrit Cole, the two players that will have the most bearing on whether the 2015 Pirates are a good team or a great team are most likely their corner outfielders. Just like you can track the club’s mad dash in August and September to the NL’s second wild card with Gerrit Cole’s return from the disabled list, you can do almost the same thing with Starling Marte’s...
Via WHYGAVS?
22 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: What the Pirates Need to Do to Remain Contenders Over the Long-Haul

The prospect ranking season has been going on for some time now, with every outlet releasing some kind of top prospect list over the last few weeks. Those include team top ten lists, top players by positions, and the biggest ones, the top 100 lists. Last week saw two of the big top 100 lists released, with Keith Law and MLB.com both publishing their rankings. The Pittsburgh Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
24 days ago  |  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
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #88: Rusney Castillo | OF | BOS

There may not be a player I’m more interested in entering 2015 than Rusney Castillo. Part of it’s that I’m a Red Sox fan and I want to see the $72.5MM man likely responsible for booting Shane Victorino from town, or at the very least the starting lineup. Another part, and probably a larger part to be honest, is that the range of possible outcomes for Castillo is pretty staggering...
Via Baseball Professor
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Starling Marte might be an MVP candidate

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Via Fox Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Starling Marte Ranks Near the Top Among All Left Fielders

On MLB Network, they are in the middle of their Top Ten Right Now, ranking the top ten players for each position in the Majors. On Thursday night, they did both the right fielders and left fielders. Gregory Polanco wasn’t even mentioned for right field, which shouldn’t be a surprise based on how deep the position is and his prolonged slump, plus no track record. For left fielders...
Via Pirates Prospects
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helped the Pirates making...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte and Russell Martin Named Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings has announced their Gold Glove finalists, naming three players at each position in the AL and NL. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two finalists, with Starling Marte and Russell Martin being named finalists at their respective positions. This is the second year in a row that Marte and Martin were named as finalists. Last year Andrew McCutchen was also named a finalist, although...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Starling Marte Has Quietly Become One of the Best in Baseball

Prior to the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Andrew McCutchen to a big extension. The deal paid him $51.5 M, locking up all of his arbitration years and buying out control of three free agent years. That season, McCutchen responded with a 6.8 WAR, went on to win an MVP award the next year, and the extension started looking like a massive value for the Pirates. They might...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Cursory Thoughts on 6 Breakout Seasons

For anyone who’s stumbled upon our site prior to this April, you probably have seen our Top 200 Countdown. During the offseason we release around three intense player profiles per day counting down the top 200 players in our rankings for the upcoming season. We get pretty detailed with our analysis in these profiles, and we do it for us just as much as we do it for you. While the...
Via Baseball Professor
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte not starting Saturday

Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is out of the starting lineup again for Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs, but is available to pinch run, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Marte was hit in the left elbow during Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates enter play 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Starling Marte still out of the Lineup

Starling Marte will remain out of the lineup as he continues to deal with discomfort from being hit in an arm by a pitch against the Phillies on Thursday. “He’s improving to some degree, but not where he’s going to be able to start,” Clint Hurdle said. “The level of competing is still minimal at best.” Though he’s not extremely hampered by the injury, the discomfort...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Starling Marte exits after HBP

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte can be added to the list of Thursday's HBP victims, coming out of the 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies after taking a pitch to his left elbow. MLB.com reports that Marte was hit by an A.J. Burnett breaking ball in the second inning. Manager Clint Hurdle suggested to MLB.com that Marte was unlikely to play Friday. The outfielder...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 12, 2014  |  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

Starling Marte’s Emergence

Of all the “breakout” talk going around the Pittsburgh Pirates, I think it’s safe to say Starling Marte’s breakout has been the most impressive lately. When a lot of the talk has been about Josh Harrison and Travis Snider having surprising seasons, Starling Marte has shown a huge, more impressive breakout of his own. Maybe he slides through because he was a highly rated prospect...
Via Cheap Seat Analytics
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-18-14 thru 8-24-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/18/14 thru 8/24/14, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte has been hot all month, but he really turned it on this week. Marte blasted 3 homers, scored 7 runs, and had 10 hits in 23 ABs...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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