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It’s Just a Matter of Time for Marte

It’s Just a Matter of Time for Marte

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Outfielder Starling Marte was impressive this spring. Over 12 games during the Grapefruit League, Marte hit .520 with three homers, four RBI and stole two bases. If fans weren't aware of the young prospect, they took notice. Marte even went deep off former Cy Young Award Winner Cliff Lee, but despite his torrid spring with the Bucs, it was just 25 at-bats.

"Overall, he made a very good impression," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, who had only seen tapes of Marte before spring training. "To be able to put your eyes on him for that length of time. There are five tools developing there. We’ve encouraged him to let that speed tool show up every day. Let that arm tool show up everyday. There’s going to be days when he doesn’t get on base. What can you do with your leather then? You can win a game so many different ways. To find ways to win games isn’t all based on swinging the bat."

"He’s just got to continue to work, strike zone recognition, spin recognition. An...

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