Starling Marte promoted from Triple-A

Just heard from a source that OF prospect Starling Marte will join the #pirates in Houston.

— Kristy Robinson (@Kristy_Robinson) July 25, 2012

 

Finally!

It’s been a while, but a lot of people have been clamoring for the Pirates to call up their #1 hitting prospect, Starling Marte after he has shown that he has fully adjusted to Triple-A pitching over the past couple of months.

The reigning Eastern League batting champion has recalled and will join the Pirates in Houston. He is hitting .286/.347/.500 with 12 home runs for Indianapolis. Outside of a sluggish May where he posted just a .656 OPS, he has been solid-to-great over the rest of the year. In April, his first month at the level, he had an .833 OPS. In June, he tore things up with a .944 OPS and he has kept it up with a .924 OPS in July.

Marte brings the combination of speed, hitting ability, and a little bit of pop to go along with an exceptional glove and arm. He’s truly a five-tool player.

I would have to imagine that Marte will take over the left field spot for good from this point on. The only thing I’ll add is that I’ve seen Marte play a couple of times live and in-person, and you should all be pretty excited. He’s a fun player to watch.