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First Pitch: When Will Starling Marte Be Ready?

First Pitch: When Will Starling Marte Be Ready?

Starling Marte had a huge month of June. The Pittsburgh Pirates' top hitting prospect finished the month with a .325/.385/.558 line in 120 at-bats. His strikeout rate was 23% and his walk rate was 7%. A lot of that was due to his strong finish to the month over his final ten games. In those ten games, Marte went 18-for-43 (.419) with a 1.259 OPS. That was enough to bring his month-long OPS from .769 to .944.

The strong hitting by the top prospect has already raised the question: when should Starling Marte be called up? That question gets more attention with the struggles at the major league level by Alex Presley and Jose Tabata. The Pirates could use a hitter with Marte's upside. But the move will only work if Marte plays to that upside.

I've already mentioned many times that the decisio...

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