Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 3 hours ago

Marte went 2-for-4 with his second homer and first stolen base of the season Friday against the Brewers.

The steal was a welcomed relief from fantasy owners banking on 30-plus from the outfielder. The 460-foot homer wasn't too shabby, either, as the speed off Marte's bat registered at 115.3 mph. Marte has the tools to put together a monster fantasy campaign, even though he's gotten off to a terribly slow start.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 4 days ago

Marte is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

Corey Hart will bat fifth and start in right field, shifting Gregory Polanco over to left field. Marte is off to a hideous start at the plate, with three hits and 14 strikeouts in 26 at-bats. The day off might do him some good, and he'll likely return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Detroit's Alfredo Simon.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 6 days ago

Marte went struck out four times Sunday, going 0-for-4 in Milwaukee. He was also hit by a pitch, only to be caught stealing second base.

The outfielder has already whiffed 12 times in 22 official at-bats. The free swinger will need to display at least a modicum of discipline at the plate if he is to fulfill breakout predictions for 2015.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 week ago

Marte broke out of an early slump with a monster homer estimated at 437 feet Friday in Milwaukee.

There are plenty of reasons to expect another leap in production from Marte after a strong finish to 2014 and a great spring training. He appeared to injure his left leg while making a sliding grab Thursday in Cincinnati, but that didn't stop him from starting Friday and mashing his first dinger. Marte slid over from left field to center when Andrew McCutchen (knee) exited.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte went 0-for-4 on Opening Day, striking out three times and lining out to center fielder, Billy Hamilton.

It can only get easier for Marte, who was kept off-balance at the plate by Johnny Cueto. He's hitting .217 (5-for-23) with a homer off Wednesday starter, Mike Leake.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 month ago

Marte went 3-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday.

He's also getting his fair share of play in center field with Andrew McCutchen sitting out with lower body soreness. Marte enters 2015 as a bonafide breakout candidate.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 month ago

Although Marte is expected to move down in the Bucs' batting order, he doesn't intend to stop running. "I want to be on base, steal bases, and get in scoring position," Marte told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I have the same approach no matter what position I hit."

Manager Clint Hurdle said Marte will hit lower in the lineup, but won't bat cleanup. "He can be a run creator and a run producer. I see him as a run producer," Hurdle said. "He's not going to hit cleanup. So (fifth) is probably close."

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 month ago

Marte went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and stolen base against Boston on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle was pleased with Marte's performance, especially because he went with a different offseason schedule. "Both [Gregory] Polanco and Marte, it's the first time they've taken winter ball off," Hurdle said. "It is different for them. Normally they're coming into spring training with 125 at-bats under their belt, or something of that ilk. To see spin, to see fastballs ... both of them are aware of the areas they need to have become more consistent."

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 month ago

Manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday that he views Marte as a run producer first, and a run scorer second, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Travis Sawchik reports.

He looks poised to once again slot into the fifth or sixth spot in the Pirates' batting order this season -- a spot where he really thrived in last season. This should not do much to limit Marte's running once he gets on base, but it's worth noting that despite his speed, he may be a better source of RBI than runs, for what it's worth.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 month ago

Marte has started six spring contests, going 4-for-16 in Grapefruit League contests.

The popular breakout candidate hit .338 after June 8 last season. Moving out of the leadoff spot to fifth or sixth in the lineup really helped to boost Marte's fantasy numbers. He boosted his RBI total from 35 to 56 despite seeing a minimal raise in his slugging average (.441 to .453).