Starling Marte
Starling Marte
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a six-year, $31 million contract with the Pirates in March of 2014.
Walking at brisk pace
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 29, 2018
Marte, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks Friday, will start in center field and bat second Saturday.
For the first time in his career, the outfielder has walked two times in consecutive games. He's also drawn seven walks in six games, matching his total in his previous 70 games and 290 plate appearances. Marte needs one homer to set a new career high of 20.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .648 328 39 7 29 12 .235 .291 .358
Since 2016vs Right .819 1146 161 29 120 89 .304 .355 .464
2018vs Left .725 153 16 5 22 5 .237 .301 .424
2018vs Right .808 453 65 15 50 28 .290 .336 .471
2017vs Left .404 79 8 0 2 1 .162 .215 .189
2017vs Right .808 260 40 7 29 20 .311 .369 .438
2016vs Left .730 96 15 2 5 6 .292 .337 .393
2016vs Right .837 433 56 7 41 41 .315 .367 .470
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Since 2016Home .802 707 94 15 71 45 .299 .358 .443
Since 2016Away .762 767 106 21 78 56 .280 .325 .437
2018Home .780 289 34 8 32 17 .284 .332 .448
2018Away .794 317 47 12 40 16 .271 .323 .471
2017Home .873 169 31 5 18 10 .322 .396 .477
2017Away .558 170 17 2 13 11 .231 .271 .288
2016Home .779 249 29 2 21 18 .301 .363 .416
2016Away .851 280 42 7 25 29 .319 .361 .490
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Returns to lineup
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 25, 2018
Marte (calf) is starting in center field and hitting second Tuesday against the Cubs, Adam Berry of reports.
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Sits for series opener
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 24, 2018
Marte (calf) is not in the lineup Monday against the Cubs, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Exits with calf tightness
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2018
Marte left Sunday's game against the Brewers with left calf tightness.
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Looking to stay hot Sunday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 23, 2018
Marte is 9-for-20 with a double and a stolen base against Sunday starter Wade Miley.
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Nice Saturday matchup on tap
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 15, 2018
Marte is 5-for-10 with a double against Saturday's starter, Zach Davies.
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