Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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).

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 6 months ago

Marte went 2-for-4 against Atlanta on Tuesday, hitting his 27th double while stealing his 27th base in 2014.

Since coming off the DL on Aug. 5, Marte holds an impressive .358/.414/.591 line with eight homers and six stolen bases in 174 plate appearances.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 6 months ago

Marte (arm) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Marte sat out the Pirates' last three games after being hit by a pitch Thursday, but he will return to action following a team off day Monday. Marte will man left field and bat sixth against Red Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 6 months ago

Marte (elbow) struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday.

The fact he was able to pinch-hit is a good sign for fantasy owners in Week 25. There are no guarantees he'll be back starting in left field Tuesday, but it looks like he return to regular action in the coming days.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 7 months ago

Marte (arm) is not in the lineup Sunday for the third straight day.

Marte remains sidelined as a result of being hit by a pitch in Thursday's game. Travis Snider will get another start in left field in Marte's place.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 7 months ago

Marte (arm) will not be in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Specifics regarding Marte's injury remain somewhat scarce, as it's currently just being labeled as left arm discomfort. However, Marte will miss a second straight start Saturday and is without a timetable for a return to the lineup. He will be available as a pinch runner.