Starling Marte isn't helping his case to get called up to the majors any time soon. The outfielder is currently slumping, with a .190/.298/.429 line in 42 at-bats over his last 12 games. That slump includes a 33% strikeout rate and an 11% walk rate. From the looks of that line, it seems Marte is doing one of three things: hitting for power, walking, or striking out.
Kristy Robinson wrote today about how the Pirates are waiting for the appropriate time to call up Marte, focusing on his lack of total at-bats in Triple-A.
I've pointed out in the past that Marte has been a streaky hitter this year. He went on a tear in late June/early July, which had people convinced that he was ready. But this slump is the same thing we've seen following every Marte hot streak this year. There are still consistency issues, which means it could benefit Marte to spend more time in Triple-A.
It's not like the Pirates NEED to call up Marte right now. They have one more game against the Marlins in this thre...
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