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Starling Marte | Outfielder | #6

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / UDFA / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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MLB announced Tuesday that Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Marte tested positive for Nandrolone. It's a shocker for Pittsburgh, who is 6-7 to begin the season. The 28-year-old Marte was batting .241/.288/.370 with two homers and two steals over 13 games to begin the year. Andrew McCutchen figures to return to center field while Marte is away. The suspension could open the door for top prospect Austin Meadows to be called up, but Adam Frazier will likely take on a everyday role in the short-term. As a consequence of his suspension, Marte would be ineligible to participate if the Pirates reach the postseason. Apr 18 - 2:53 PM

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Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base in an 8-7 win over the Cubs on Saturday.

Games like this are why you spend an early draft pick on the Pirates' center fielder. He can help teams in every category with his ability to hit for power, contact and speed. He drove in a run with a single in the third inning, then cracked a solo homer in the sixth. Marte now owns a .289 batting average with two homers, seven runs, seven RBI and two steals through 11 games.
Apr 15 - 10:00 PM

Starling Marte blasted a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th inning on Sunday, powering the Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Braves.

The Pirates trailed for most of the day on Sunday, but rallied to tie the game against Jim Johnson in the ninth inning, setting the stage for Marte's heroics in the 10th. Adam Frazier doubled to lead off the inning before Marte launched the first pitch he saw from Jose Ramirez over the wall in center field. He finished his impressive afternoon 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. He's hitting an impressive .381/.417/.524 with five RBI in the first week of the season.
Apr 9 - 5:22 PM

Starling Marte cranked a grand slam off of the Red Sox' Heath Hembree on Thursday.

It was Marte's only hit in four trips to the dish, although he also plated an additional run with an RBI groundout. Marte's Grapefruit League action was interrupted by the World Baseball Classic and a minor ankle injury, but he's 6-for-15 with a home run and a couple steals so far.
Mar 23 - 6:21 PM

The medical staff for the Dominican Republic team expects Starling Marte (ankle) to return to game action on Thursday.

Marte tweaked his ankle last Wednesday. He returned to action on Saturday before missing the final two games during pool play. However, it sounds like he'll at least be available off the bench for Thursday's game against Venezuela.
Mar 15 - 3:08 PM

Starling Marte (ankle) is hoping to play for the Dominican Republic in Saturday's World Baseball Classic game against the United States.

Marte ruled himself out of Thursday's contest versus Canada after suffering a minor ankle sprain while sliding into second base during an exhibition game Wednesday. The ankle injury doesn't sound like a long-term concern. Marte's Pirates teammate Gregory Polanco is taking his spot in center field Thursday.
Mar 9 - 3:58 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Starling Marte will not start in the Dominican Republic's game versus Canada on Thursday after twisting his ankle in an exhibition game Wednesday.

Dominican manager Tony Pena said that Marte tweaked the ankle while sliding into second base. Thankfully, the skipper referred to the injury as minor and didn't rule out him appearing in Thursday's game. Marte's teammates, Gregory Polanco, will play center field Thursday instead.
Mar 9 - 3:20 PM

Starling Marte doubled, stole a base and scored a run as the Pirates' No. 2 hitter in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

One thing we've been wondering about is whether Marte would continue to bat behind Andrew McCutchen this year or if he'd move back to the top of the order. The latter scenario would seem to make more sense, especially given Josh Harrison's struggles as a leadoff man. Besides, even though Marte hit .311/.362/.456 last year, he ended up with just 46 RBI in 129 games.
Feb 27 - 4:02 PM

Starling Marte told MLB Dominicana that he's moving to center field in 2017.

Marte has primarily played left field since arriving in the big leagues, though he did start nine games in center last year. This means Andrew McCutchen will be moving to one of the two corner outfield spots. That will be an interesting transition as McCutchen has never played anywhere but center field since debuting in 2009.
Feb 4 - 11:16 PM

Pirates placed OF Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to September 28, with back tightness.

The Pirates ruled Marte out for the season a few days ago, although it's unclear why they decided to officially make the move now with rosters expanded. Nevertheless, he'll finish the year having received just 19 plate appearances in September due to the back issue.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 08:17:00 AM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Thursday that Starling Marte (back) won't play for the remainder of the season.

At this point, the Pirates have nothing to play for and are content with Marte recovering on his own time rather than rushing him back. He finishes the season hitting .311/.362/.456 with nine homers, 46 RBI and 47 stolen bases in his 129 games. He'll be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 10:19:00 PM

Starling Marte (back) is being held out of the lineup again as the Pirates face the Cubs on Wednesday.

Marte said on Tuesday that he is uncertain whether he will be able to start another game this season. He has been fighting through back tightness and back spasms for most of September. Josh Bell draws the start in right field and will bat second.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 06:17:00 PM

Starling Marte (back) said he's not sure whether he will start another game this season.

Marte tried to return from his lingering back injury late last week but still isn't feeling quite right. He described it Tuesday more as back "tightness" than spasms. A full month of rest is what Marte really needs, and he'll get it as soon as the regular season ends for the 77-80 Pirates.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:38:00 PM

Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup again Tuesday against the Cubs.

Nagging back spasms have kept Marte out of the lineup since Thursday. It's unclear if or when he'll be able to return. Matt Joyce is starting in right field and hitting fifth.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 03:20:00 PM

Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks.
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Juan Nicasio
3Tony Watson
4Daniel Hudson
5Antonio Bastardo
6Jhan Marinez
7Wade LeBlanc
8Josh Lindblom
9Edgar Santana