Starling Marte has been a bright spot in an otherwise struggling Altoona offense this season, so his sudden slump earlier this month was a bit of a surprise. After hitting .312 for the A-level West Virginia Power in 2009 and .315 for the A+ Bradenton Marauders in 2011, Marte currently has the Curve's second-highest batting average, at .302. The Dominican native jumped out to a strong start, going .326 in April, then continuing with a .331 in May and .337 in June. But Marte hit a wall in early July. From July 3rd to the 15th, Marte managed only one hit in 29 at-bats. He began recovering over the last week, going 9-for-34 (.265), giving him a .181 average so far in July.
Two concerns about Marte have always been his plate discipline and his...
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Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.