Marte is hitting over .300 for Altoona.

Starling Marte has been a bright spot in an otherwise struggling Altoona offense this season, so his sudden slump earlier this month was a bit of a surprise.   After hitting .312 for the A-level West Virginia Power in 2009 and .315 for the A+ Bradenton Marauders in 2011, Marte currently has the Curve's second-highest batting average, at .302.  The Dominican native jumped out to a strong start, going .326 in April, then continuing with a .331 in May and .337 in June.  But Marte hit a wall in early July.  From July 3rd to the 15th, Marte managed only one hit in 29 at-bats.  He began recovering over the last week, going 9-for-34 (.265), giving him a .181 average so far in July.

Two concerns about Marte have always been his plate discipline and his...

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