Marte was named the eighth best center field prospect in the minors by Baseball America.
In preparation for the 2011 minor league season, Baseball America released their position by position rankings in the minors. Several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the lists.
-Tony Sanchez was the fourth best catcher, falling behind Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez, and Travis d'Arnaud.
-Starling Marte was the eighth best center fielder.
-Jameson Taillon was the third best right handed pitcher. He only fell behind Jeremy Hellickson and Julio Teheran. Both of those players should be starting in the majors this year. That's not a bad group to be in.
-Stetson Allie ranked 26th on the group of right handed pitchers, while Luis Heredia finished off the list at 40th....
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