According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to start Starling Marte in Altoona at the beginning of the 2011 season. Biertempfel also reports that Tony Sanchez should start in Altoona next season, as long as he doesn't regress in his recovery from a broken jaw.
Both Marte and Sanchez saw their seasons cut short due to injuries. Marte hit for a .315/.386/.432 line in 222 at-bats, but missed a big chunk of the season after being hit in the hand with a pitch. Marte had to have the hook of his hammate bone removed, a procedure which can rob a player of power for about a year. Sanchez hit for a .314/.416/.454 line in 207 at-bats, but was hit in the face with a pitch on two separate occasions, with the second instance br...
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