Starling Marte

Starling Marte

33-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Mets
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Marte Mania ran wild after his trade to Oakland around the deadline, as he stole 17 bases in his first 22 games following the move from Miami. He was hit in the head by a pitch in early September, and while Marte avoided a concussion and returned after a one-game absence, he endured a subsequent mini-slump and his running slowed. In fact, Marte attempted just two steals over his final 14 games after being caught on the bases on back-to-back days Sept. 15-16. Perhaps he was trying to preserve himself for the postseason -- which the A's didn't reach -- but regardless Marte comfortably led the majors in steals with 47. It marked the third time in his career he's reached the 40-steal plateau and the sixth time he's reached 30. After back-to-back years with 20-plus homers in 2018-19, Marte managed only 12 long balls in 2021, and he now goes to the spacious Citi Field after signing a four-year, $78 million contract with the Mets. Know you'll need to compensate in the power department if you go after Marte's speed early in 2022. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $78 million contract with the Mets in November of 2021.
Reaches deal with Mets
OFNew York Mets
November 26, 2021
Marte agreed to a four-year, $78 million contract with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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The move caps a very busy day in Queens which saw the team also land both Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha. Marte is the biggest name of the bunch and one of the biggest prizes available in free agency. He's already 33 years old, so he may not offer the team too many more high-level seasons, but he was one of the best players in the league in 2021, a year in which he produced a career-best 5.5 fWAR. His 134 wRC+, the product of a .310/.383/.458 slash line, was also a career best. That number should take a step back next season along with his .372 BABIP, though his excellent speed (which helped him steal a league-leading 47 bases) means he should reliably be able to post a BABIP well above league average.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
71
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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42
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .757 372 51 11 34 25 .275 .318 .439
Since 2019vs Right .856 988 171 30 130 57 .307 .371 .485
2021vs Left .762 164 26 5 14 16 .273 .335 .427
2021vs Right .872 362 63 7 41 31 .325 .402 .470
2020vs Left .708 68 7 0 4 2 .290 .353 .355
2020vs Right .794 180 29 6 23 8 .279 .333 .461
2019vs Left .773 140 18 6 16 7 .269 .281 .493
2019vs Right .868 446 79 17 66 18 .304 .362 .506
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Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .871 676 101 18 96 45 .316 .374 .498
Since 2019Away .786 684 121 23 68 37 .279 .340 .447
2021Home .879 255 39 7 34 26 .329 .386 .494
2021Away .796 271 50 5 21 21 .288 .376 .419
2020Home .853 133 20 2 13 5 .319 .391 .462
2020Away .676 115 16 4 14 5 .241 .278 .398
2019Home .873 288 42 9 49 14 .304 .355 .517
2019Away .819 298 55 14 33 11 .286 .330 .489
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Stat Review
How does Starling Marte compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
18.8%
 
BABIP
.372
 
ISO
.148
 
AVG
.310
 
OBP
.383
 
SLG
.458
 
OPS
.841
 
wOBA
.369
 
Exit Velocity
79.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.0%
 
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While Marte's postseason hopes were snuffed out by a broken hand suffered during the Wild Card Series, the outfielder put up decent numbers at the dish during the regular season. He hit .281 with six home runs, 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 61 contests, starting the year with Arizona before being dealt to Miami at the end of August. Marte continues to show that he can put the ball in play, posting a 16.4 K% and a .319 BABIP, nearly identical numbers from 2019. The 32-year-old will be brought back to Miami after the team exercised his 2021 option, so fantasy managers should expect him to see plenty of at-bats near the top of the lineup as the team's everyday center fielder. While it's unlikely that he'll replicate his stats from his stellar 2019 season, Marte consistently produces in all five categories and should be considered a reliable anchor for any fantasy squad.
Marte finished the year as the 13th-most valuable outfielder and the second-best Marte on our Earned Auction Value Calculator. The 2019 season was a huge disappointment for Pittsburgh, but Marte did his best to keep it afloat with a very productive season across the board. His home run, RBI and run totals were all career bests, and 2019 was the seventh consecutive season in which Marte swiped at least 20 bases. He lacks the higher exit velocity and launch angle necessary to forecast a continued future in the 20-plus homer range, even though he has done it in each of the past two seasons. Marte will have to squeeze every bit out of the contact he makes to keep things there, especially if the baseball reverts back to its previous form. Regardless, this is a five-category producer that should be one of the cornerstones of any fantasy team because he helps establish a strong statistical foundation early on.
Marte was in select company last season, joining Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez as the only players with at least 20 homers and 30 steals. He’s more likely to repeat the stolen bases, especially if he can improve his success rate as he was caught 14 times last season, resulting in a career-low 70.2% clip after three seasons with a combined 76.4% success rate. Marte’s power is capped by his batted-ball tendencies as he pounded 51% of his contact into the ground. Despite a below-average strikeout rate, Marte’s average is also restricted due to a low average exit velocity and not enough barrels. This, along with the Pirates generally finishing below average in scoring, curb Marte’s run-plus-RBI output, placing him among the lowest hitters ranked in the top 40 or costing at least $20 in that regard. Still, Marte is a worthwhile early-round investment as this kind of balanced production is not easy to find.
Marte lost half of his 2017 season serving an 80-game suspension following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. The vet improved his batting average each month, and stole 19 of his 21 bases after returning from suspension in July. He's taken at least 30 bags in his four full campaigns and should do so again. But what else will he offer? While Marte posted his career-best BB/K in 2017, it rose to just 0.32. He rarely walks, which means his stolen-base attempts are largely tied to him hitting for a high average. He's never posted a contact rate above 78.7 percent. Most importantly, he has only one season of more than 13 homers and relies on a groundball-heavy spray chart. He'll hit leadoff or second, which helps his best fantasy assets, but if the Pirates go into sell mode, Marte could find his way to a better park and/or lineup. To comfortably buy him, prospective owners must invest in extra power from their other top-end selections.
Back spasms short-circuited an electric season by Marte, denying the 28-year-old of finishing off one of his most productive campaigns. The outfielder offset career lows in games played (129) and home runs (9) with a career-high .311 batting average and 47 stolen bases in 2016. He started just one game after Sept. 5 due to the back injury, but when he was healthy, he registered a .380 BABIP (second highest in the majors behind DJ LeMahieu's .388). While that number is likely to regress in 2017, he features a career .359 BABIP. Marte's aggressive style lends itself to injuries -- he dealt with a host of ailments in 2016 before the back issue -- and he's been hit by 79 pitches in five seasons. The two-time Gold Glove winner should be healthy for spring training, but it might be wise to keep a close eye on his Grapefruit League progress.
When Marte hit 12 homers in his first 57 games it appeared yet another breakout was on the horizon for the 5-tool star. Alas, a hand injury and an assortment of other nagging ailments slowed Marte’s pace and he finished with 19 home runs. Given his daring style of play, the 27-year-old will always be at risk for getting hurt — he was hit by 19 pitches (third-most in NL), but his unique talents set him apart, as Marte slashed .287/.337/.444 and stole 30 bases for the third straight season. He hit .298 against righties and only .246 vs. southpaws despite a .311 career mark against lefties. Plate discipline will never be his forte (27 BB:123 K ratio) but a career .353 BABIP assuages concerns about a lack of contact. Marte will aim for his second straight Gold Glove in 2016.
Marte slightly improved upon his numbers from his first full season in 2014, slashing .291/.356/.453 with 13 homers and 30 stolen bases in 545 plate appearances. When Pittsburgh moved him out of the leadoff spot to seventh in order, he strung together four multi-hit performances in the next seven games and never looked back. His RBI total improved from 35 to 56 (year over year) and he ended up batting mostly fifth against left-handed pitching. A .373 BABIP appears ripe for regression, but he's never dipped below a .333 BABIP in six pro seasons. Marte, who signed a six-year, $31 million extension in March of 2013, played a more-than-capable center field when Andrew McCutchen went on the DL. After bottoming out June 8 with a .230 batting average, the 26-year-old hit .338/.397/.529 in 305 plate appearances. Provided he stays healthy -- he's been hit by 41 pitches the last two seasons -- expect another strong campaign from Marte.
A finger injury suffered Aug. 19 prematurely ended Marte's breakout season -- he saw just 27 of his 510 at-bats after the injury. The 25-year-old batted .280/.343/.441 with 12 homers, 35 RBI and 41 stolen bases (in 56 attempts). He ranked second in the NL with 24 Hit-By-Pitches. His 10.2 UZR and 20.1 UZR/150 ratings were the best among qualified NL left fielders. Despite a horrendous 25:138 BB:K ratio, Marte offset that number with a .363 BABIP -- which was actually his second lowest mark in five pro seasons. Expect more of the same from Marte in 2014. At some point, the team might move Marte out of the leadoff spot, but only if an adequate replacement can be found.
Marte's offensive ceiling may be as high as another other Pirates positional player not named Andrew McCutchen. His first foray with the Bucs proved to be a bumpy ride, but he gave glimpses of why the organization values him highly. The outfielder, who homered on the first big-league pitch he ever saw in Houston, never played above Double-A prior to 2012. WIth Triple-A Indy, Marte hit .286/.347/.500 with 13 triples, 12 homers and 21 steals in 99 contests. A season after winning a Double-A batting title, not even a 28:91 BB:K ratio could hold him down. Marte then hit six triples, five homers and stole 12 bases in 47 games for Pittsburgh, despite an oblique injury. Plate discipline will likely always be an issue for the free swinger. He heads into 2013 as the odds-on starter left fielder, but he will be pushed by the several others and Pittsburgh management showed in 2012 that it can be quick to pull the trigger on a struggling left fielder -- see Alex Presley. The scenario for a breakout season is real, but the chance that he gets sent back to Triple-A for additional seasoning is also a distinct possibility. Marte represents a high-risk, high-reward offering, especially in one-year leagues.
Marte made his Double-A debut in 2011 to the tune of a .332/.270/.500 slash line in 536 at-bats. Coming off a broken hamate bone in 2010, Marte showed a bit of the power (12 homers) that makes him the closest prospect Pittsburgh has to a five-tool talent. The 22-year-old righty hit 38 doubles, eight triples, stole 24-of-36 bags and hit .332. Marte lacks plate discipline (22:100 BB:K ratio) and it will be interesting to see how he fares against Triple-A pitching. Oddly, he hit .346 against righties (in 405 at-bats) and .288 (in 125 at-bats) versus lefties. It wouldn't be surprising to see him in a big league uniform by September, if not sooner.
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Sitting season finale
OFOakland Athletics
October 3, 2021
Marte is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Swipes two bags
OFOakland Athletics
October 1, 2021
Marte went 1-for-4 with two runs, two steals, a hit-by-pitch and a strikeout in an 8-6 triumph over the Astros on Friday.
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Good to go Wednesday
OFOakland Athletics
September 29, 2021
Marte (lat) is starting in center field and batting second Wednesday at Seattle, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Out again Tuesday
OFOakland Athletics
Lat
September 28, 2021
Marte (lat) is out of the lineup Tuesday.
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Nursing lat soreness
OFOakland Athletics
Lat
September 27, 2021
Marte will be held out of Monday's game against Seattle due to left lat soreness, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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