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Fantasy Profile: Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Fantasy Profile: Starling Marte, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

LWOS Ranking 11, Captain’s Value: $17.53

For those of you who missed the Yasiel Puig profile, please check it out here, I suggested an alternative to Puig as being Pirates Outfielder Starling Marte about a round later in drafts. Marte has been more productive and more consistent in his two and half seasons in the Majors, and has a pedigree that is just as strong as Puig. If you are looking for an early 35 Stolen Bases with plus Batting Average, while not taking a large dip in the power categories; Marte is someone you should invest in to pair with your big time First Round power selections.

At 26 years and 6 months old on Opening Day, Marte is entering a time where many players experience a growth in power numbers; he is expected to be moved down in the order which should provide him with more RBI opportunities. This move in the order can sometimes be coupled with a drop in stolen base opportunities, but Marte has been quoted as saying he always has the approach of getting on base, stealing bases, and getting into scoring position; so I do not foresee a likely drop in stolen bases.

Every season I attempt to make a list of players who could become likely First Round picks in the following year, Marte is at the top of that list this season. I would suggest having some exposure to him in some of your leagues and be looking for a career year to the likes of .290-15-85-60-35.

First Name Last Name Year Team Pos G PA AB R HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Starling Marte 2012 PIT OF 47 180 167 18 5 17 12 8 50 0.257 0.3 0.437 0.737
Starling Marte 2013 PIT OF 135 560 510 83 12 35 41 25 138 0.28 0.343 0.441 0.784
Starling Marte 2014 PIT OF 135 545 495 73 13 56 30 33 131 0.291 0.356 0.453 0.809
Starling Marte 2015 Proj PIT OF 590 539 75 14 47 37 30 139 0.289 0.348 0.464 0.812

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