Coming in to the 2011 season, Starling Marte was coming off a year where he hit for a .315/.386/.432 line in 222 at-bats in high-A. That season followed his break out year, where he hit for a .312/.377/.439 line in 221 at-bats in West Virginia. However, there were three valid concerns.
The first concern came with his power production. Marte hit three homers in 2009, and didn't homer at all in 2010. He hit a few extra base hits, thanks to his speed. He was still at a young age where power was a possibility for his future, but it wasn't a guarantee. Without power, Marte would be a strong defensive center fielder and a leadoff hitter due to his speed and average.
That brings up concern number two. Marte's strikeout numbers were too high for a guy who wasn't hitting for power. He...
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