Starling Marte put up impressive numbers in winter league ball.
Ben Badler of Baseball America has a list of ten players who boosted their stock in Winter Ball this year. Coming in at number eight on the list was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte. Marte hit for a .304/.381/.464 line in 112 at-bats in the Dominican Winter League, then hit for a .422/.481/.756 line with four homers in the postseason.
Badler noted that Marte has the speed and arm strength to play center field, but doesn't have the spot due to Andrew McCutchen. He also pointed out that if the Pirates have any hope of contending in 2013, Marte will be the key reason. I agree with that last point. The Pirates didn't do much to upgrade their offense this off-season, and the trade deadline additions of Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider don't provide any guaranteed upgrades. The bulk of the offensive performance is always going to have to come from internal players like McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker. M...
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