Marte could get a second half call up.

By Kristy Robinson and Tim Williams

Prospect Starling Marte has been swinging a hot bat in Triple-A recently, which has begun the frenzy of questions on when he will be called up.

Marte is hitting for a .290/.350/.492 line with nine homers in 331 at-bats in Triple-A this year, and has a 14 game hitting streak after going 1-for-4 on Sunday. It was only a few weeks ago that Marte had an OPS in the .750 range. But the center fielder has gone on a tear in his last 16 games, hitting for an astonishing .394/.468/.718 line with four homers in 71 at-bats.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle mentioned that Marte could come up and help the club in the second half of the season. Marte would be making his Major League debut in the midst of a Penna...

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