Andrew McCutchen has missed only 10 games since the start of 2011. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star.

Marte was set to have a day off before the team's scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right knee soreness, so Marte will instead play center field.

Let's look at what Marte has done this season: He is making contact on more pitches, allowing him to reduce his strikeout rate. Even though his walk rate is still low, he has been hitting the ball harder to increase his average. Expect a little offensive regression, given Marte's high .392 BABIP, but he can still beat out plenty of infield hits with hi...

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