Analysis

Williams: Starling Marte’s Suspension Delivers a Crushing Blow to the 2017 Pirates

Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games today. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams: Starling Marte’s Suspension Delivers a Crushing Blow to the 2017 Pirates

The top two hitters on the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates in both wOBA and wRC+ were as follows:

1. Jung Ho Kang

2. Starling Marte

One of those two can't leave his country after receiving a third DUI charge. The other was just suspended by MLB for 80 games and won't be able to rejoin the team until July 18th.

That's about as good of a summary as you will need for the Pirates' 2017 chances moving forward.

The Pirates were already hurting offensively before today's Marte suspension. They ranked 14th in the NL in wOBA and 13th in wRC+. Even if they had Kang on the team, they'd still be in the bottom half. The blame for this can go around. Andrew McCutchen is off to another slow start, or what is hoped to be a slow start and not a continuation on his horrible 2016 season. Josh Bell has...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

More in Analysis

Neal Huntington Discusses the Dickerson Trade and the Extra Left-Handed Power for 2018

Alan SaundersFebruary 22, 2018

Pirates Notebook: Bob Nutting Discusses Clubhouse Atmosphere, Getting Back to Winning

Tim WilliamsFebruary 22, 2018

Williams: The Pirates Will Win Again, But Their Approach When They Are Winners is Out-Dated

Tim WilliamsFebruary 22, 2018

Jordan Luplow is Trying to Show That His 2017 Season Wasn’t a Fluke

Alan SaundersFebruary 22, 2018

Saunders: The Big Problem With the Communication Breakdown From the Pirates’ Front Office

Alan SaundersFebruary 21, 2018

Gregory Polanco May Have Already Broken Out, and We Missed It Because of Injuries

Tim WilliamsFebruary 21, 2018

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects