Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 day ago

Marte went 3-for-4 with his fourth homer and 15th stolen base Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The home run was Marte's first in over a month -- he hit his last homer May 26. The outfielder was also hit by his NL-leading eighth pitch. The ball hit off the top of his left foot, leading Marte to look for assistance from the team trainer. He then collided with shortstop Jordy Mercer on a fly ball in the seventh, but again avoided injury.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 4 days ago

Marte's two hits Tuesday lifted his season's BABIP to .405, well ahead of his career BABIP of .357.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His career number is pretty remarkable, too, and helps to support a lifetime .287 batting average. Marte is slashing .325/.367/.464 but will never become a master of plate discipline -- he currently holds a 4:37 BB:K. The outfielder is hitless in six at-bats against Wednesday starter Rubby De La Rosa, including three strikeouts.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 4 days ago

Marte recorded two hits in five at-bats and collected a run and stolen base in Tuesday's 12-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Marte's sitting on only three homers and 16 RBI on the season despite primarily serving as the Pirates' cleanup hitter, but beyond that, he's trending toward career-best production in just about every other category. The two-hit night boosted his average to .325 and his 14 stolen bases nearly put him half way to last season's total of 30.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 week ago

Marte went 1-for-4 with two RBI against Atlanta on Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His opposite-field bloop single plated a pair of first-inning runs. Marte had driven in only two runs in his previous 15 games, but entered the game with a slash line of .326/.374/.479 in 144 at-bats. He didn't appear to miss a beat following a three-game, paternity-leave absence.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 1 week ago

Marte (personal) was activated from the paternity list and is in the starting lineup Thursday against the Braves, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Marte was on the paternity list since Monday to attend to the birth of his daughter, but he's ready for action after missing the minimum three days. He'll slot back into the lineup in his usual spot in left field, batting fifth.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte was placed on the paternity list Monday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

As expected, Marte will be absent from the team to attend to the birth of his daughter and will miss between three and seven days. To fill his spot on the roster, second baseman Alen Hanson was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte is expected to go on paternity leave as soon as Monday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The outfielder is in the lineup Sunday afternoon against the Cubs. Pittsburgh hasn't announced a timeline for his return, but three or four days seems to be a reasonable estimate. Alen Hanson is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis while Marte is away from the team.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte was 2-for-5 with a run scored and two stolen bases in a losing effort against the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Marte continues to hint that a breakout season is in the cards. He's been on fire lately, and has his average up to a sparkling .338 with a still rather disappointing three home runs and 14 RBI. However, not to be denied, when he isn't hitting home runs or driving runs in, he still contributes in the speed category, swiping two more bags in this one, and raising his total to 11 on the season.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte was ejected during Wednesday's game after going hitless in two at-bats.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He was hit by a pitch in his third plate appearance and then attempted to steal second base. Brandon Phillips applied a tag that Marte felt knocked his hand off the base, but he was called out following a review. It wouldn't be surprising if the outfielder was simply frustrated, considering he's been hit by a league-leading seven pitches.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 3 weeks ago

Marte went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's his third straight multi-hit game and fourth in seven May contests, pushing Marte's slash line on the season to a robust .336/.385/.512. While his plate discipline remains less than ideal, Marte could still be headed for a breakout campaign in his age-27 season.