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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
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Starling Marte went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs as the Pirates topped the Cardinals on Sunday.
Both of Marte's hits were singles and he was also hit by a pitch in the game. He has shown an alarming lack of power since returning from suspension, with just one home run and seven total extra-base hits in his 37 hits. For the season, Marte is hitting .278/.342/.372 with three homers, 15 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Aug 20 - 10:09 PM

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Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two stolen bases in a 6-4 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

His second-inning shot off starter Michael Wacha was his first home run in 30 games since returning from his performance-enhancing drug suspension a month ago. Overall he wields a .271 batting average with three home runs, 15 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 43 games.
Aug 19 - 9:56 PM

Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored as the Pirates outlasted the Padres on Sunday afternoon.

The 28-year-old is showing signs of life at the plate over the past few games and is now slashing .256/.322/.341 on the season with two homers, 11 RBI and eight stolen bases in 143 plate appearances.
Aug 6 - 5:58 PM

Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Reds.

Marte made things happen from the leadoff spot, scoring three of the Pirates' six runs on the night. It was the best game he's had in recent days, as he'd cooled off after bursting out of the gates following an 80-game suspension. On the year, the 28-year-old is hitting a disappointing .254/.305/.331 -- when he's been in the lineup.
Aug 3 - 11:53 PM

Starling Marte posted three singles and an RBI across five at-bats in Saturday's loss in Colorado while also adding a stolen base.

Marte managed just two hits over 12 at-bats in his first three games back from an 80-game PED suspension. However, he has picked up the pace in Denver, going 5-for-10 (.500) in the first two games to raise his average 36 points to a more respectable .263.
Jul 23 - 3:05 AM

Starling Marte went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his return from suspension Tuesday against the Brewers.

Marte singled in his second at-bat and walked and scored in the Pirates' decisive four-run sixth inning. It was the first game back from an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use levied in mid-April. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wasted no time getting the 28-year-old into the mix, batting him leadoff in his return to the lineup, and Marte should once again be one of the game's more dynamic offensive players in short order.
Jul 19 - 12:31 AM

Pirates activated OF Starling Marte from the restricted list.

Marte has completed his 80-game suspension for PED use. He is in left field and batting leadoff for the Pirates on Tuesday in his first game back.
Jul 18 - 3:54 PM

The Pirates have moved Starling Marte's rehab assignment up to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Getting back into action as he finishes his 80-game PED suspension, Marte went 1-for-6 with two strikeouts through two games with High-A Bradenton. He'll be eligible to rejoin the Pirates on July 18 and is expected to do so in left field, with Andrew McCutchen staying in center.
Jul 4 - 9:19 AM

Starling Marte will be used in left field by the Pirates when he returns from his PED suspension.

The Pirates moved Marte to center, Andrew McCutchen to right and Gregory Polanco to left to begin this season, which was undoubtedly their best defensive alignment. However, they're apparently going back to their old setup. Marte, who begins a rehab assignment Sunday and will return on July 18, could eventually wind up in center, anyway, if McCutchen is traded.
Jul 2 - 10:51 AM

Starling Marte will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Bradenton on Sunday.

Marte will dust off the cobwebs by spending a couple weeks in the minors as he prepares to return from his 80-game suspension, which is up on July 18. The 28-year-old was off to a slow start before his suspension (.241 AVG in 54 at-bats) but carries a lifetime .288 average and stole a career-high 47 bases last year. If he's still available in your league, now would be the time to scoop him up.
Jul 1 - 9:47 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Sean Rodriguez
3Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Starling Marte
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Rivero
2Joaquin Benoit
3Juan Nicasio
4Daniel Hudson
5Wade LeBlanc
6A.J. Schugel
7George Kontos
8Dovydas Neverauskas