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Pirates promoting top prospect Starling Marte to majors

Jul 25, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

Starling Marte Reuters

The Pirates tried to hold off as long as they could, but they will finally promote their top position prospect, Starling Marte, to the majors for Thursday’s game,’s Kristy Robinson reports.

Marte’s arrival has been anticipated ever since the disappointing Jose Tabata was sent down. After a brilliant spring, Marte struggled in Triple-A early on, hitting .256 with four homers in 176 at-bats through the end of May. However, he’s been much better of late, batting .313 with eight homers in 208 at-bats since the beginning of June.

The 23-year-old Marte is still something of a raw talent; his lack of strike zone judgment is a problem and his speed hasn’t made him a very good basestealer. Defensively, he often shows outstanding ability in center field, but he also takes bad routes on occasion. The Pirates will likely use him in left field most of the time for now.

The pluses are obvious: Marte makes a lot of hard contact and can turn singles into doubles and doubles into triples with his speed. He could give the Pirates offense quite a lift if he can manage to lay off quality major league breaking balls. It’s definitely time the team gives him a try.

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    He also hit a 480 ft homer on sunday, so there’s that too

  2. andrewproughcfe - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Congrats, Starling! A lot of us have been waiting for this day. Hope you have a long, productive career.

  3. stairwayto7 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Garrett Jones or MacGhee being traded for Cliff Lee or another bat?

    • sandpiperair - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Why would the Phillies want those guys?

    • chew1985 - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Pirates are done with moves. It’s Wandy R not Cliff L. And Marte is their “bat” instead of Upton or some other overrated overpaid veteran. This is a risky move, but not as risky long term as picking up a veteran for 2 months that will then be gone the minute their season ends.

  4. number42is1 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    This is a great move… the Bucks are having their best season in like a billion years so the addition of this kid only makes it better. Lets go bucks(as long as you are not playing the Yanks)!

    • xavier46 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      It Bucs you d-bag. Anyone with any Pittsburgh knowledge at all is aware of that. Stick to your Yanks and we’ll be just fine, thanks.

      • number42is1 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        oh sorry…. no wait.. go fuck yourself you fucking piece of shit. its called autocorrect… anyone with knowledge of ANYTHING knows that. stick to being a fucking moron and we’ll be just fine

  5. matto8929 - Jul 25, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    it’s Bucs not Bucks. the Pirates don’t play in Milwaukee. and the BUCS will dominate the rest of this season now and DEEP into the post season.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Matt: Listen…I am very happy to see the Pirates playing well. The 1st half of last season was a great sign of things to come. They have struggled for far too long and their fanbase deserves it. Additionally, the Pirates playing well only helps the NL Central.
      But “dominate?” Come on Man….

  6. gotmelk - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Thought it said Pirates demoting top prospect Starling Marte to majors

    • istillbelieveinblue - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:50 AM

      A few years ago he might have actually been playing in front of larger crowds here in Indy, but not now. I’m a Cubs fan, and the atmosphere at PNC over the last 3 days during the Cubs series looked great. Pitt is a great baseball town, the team just needs to win a little. Losing every season for 20 years would wear on even the most loyal fan base.

  7. sorryimbusypolishingmy6lombardis - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Welcome to the show kid! Here’s hoping for a long, wonderful ride!!!

    GO BUCCOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. mvpolamalu - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    @number4is1 you clearly arent a real fan considering you called them the bucks. Its BUCS.

  9. tk1966 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Number, try decaf.

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