Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Avg.
.265
 
Career Avg.
.274
Name  Starling Marte
Born  10/9/1988
Height  6-1
Weight  170
Number  6
Position  LF
Bats  R
Throws  R
Cold4/16/2014 1:07:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte got a day off Wednesday, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com. He's been scuffling at the plate and has 23 Ks.
Insight: "Marte's swing just doesn't look right to me," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've been too soft at the top." Jose Tabata started in left field and hit leadoff Wednesday against the Reds.
 
3/26/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: The Pirates have signed Starling Marte to a six-year, $31 million contract, according to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio.
Insight: The deal begins in 2014, so it replaces the salary Marte was supposed to make this year. The 25-year-old hit .280 with 12 home runs, 35 RBI, 83 runs, 41 steals and a .784 OPS in 135 games last season, which was his first full one in the majors.
 
10/4/2013 9:55:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte is a career .462 hitter (.6-for-13) against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: Like most of his fellow Pirates hitters, Marte didn't do much in the series opener, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. This is a much more favorable matchup.
 
9/20/2013 3:08:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte was not in Thursday's lineup, but should be back in time for Friday's series opener with Cincinnati. Latest update - Marte is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: His wife went into labor Thursday morning. The outfielder has gone 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in two games since returning from a hand injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly a month.
 
9/20/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte was not in Thursday's lineup, but should be back in time for Friday's series opener with Cincinnati.
Insight: His wife went into labor Thursday morning. The outfielder has gone 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in two games since returning from a hand injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly a month.
 
9/19/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte is not in Thursday's lineup. His wife went into labor this morning. SOURCE: Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: If Pittsburgh was playing at 7 p.m. instead of 12:35 p.m. Marte probably would have played Thursday. However, the early start prevents him from being in the lineup. The outfielder has gone 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in two games since returning from a hand injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly a month.
 
9/17/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (hand) is in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Marte hasn't started since Aug. 18 due to a contusion and sprained ligament in his right hand. He has been serving as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner but finally is ready to hit.
 
9/15/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte has been playing the field but has yet to see an at bat since his return from the DL early last week. That should change this week when the Padres come to town. SOURCE: Rob Biertempfel, Pittsburgh Tribune
Insight: Manager Clint Hurdle acknowledged that Marte's hand probably won't be 100 percent the rest of the season but the Pirates need him if they want to make a deep postseason run. Getting a few at bats in before the playoffs is probably a good idea.
 
9/12/2013 4:37:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (bruised right ring finger) took full swings in a simulated game Thursday, which manager Clint Hurdle said is the "last piece" before Marte returns. SOURCE: Travis Sawchik, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: The Pirates activated Marte last week even though he has been unable to swing with two hands due to a finger contusion. He isn't in the lineup Thursday but could be back Friday.
 
9/11/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (bruised right ring finger) took batting practice Tuesday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The Pirates activated Marte last week even though he has been unable to swing, but he was used as a pinch-runner in Tuesday's game.
 
9/10/2013 5:40:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (bruised right ring finger) took batting practice Tuesday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The Pirates activated Marte last week even though he has been unable to swing two-handed due to a hand injury. Taking batting practice is a good first step toward returning to the lineup at some point this month.
 
9/10/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (bruised right ring finger) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Texas
Insight: Much like Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez and Los Angeles' Peter Bourjos, Marte is active even though he cannot hit due to a hand injury. The September roster expansion allows those teams to keep them active as pinch-runners and defensive replacements. Obviously you have to avoid putting him in your lineup.
 
9/8/2013 11:24:00 AM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (finger) said his hand felt "brutal" swinging two-handed. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Much like Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez and Los Angeles' Peter Bourjos, Marte is active even though he cannot hit due to a hand injury. The September roster expansion allows those teams to keep them active as pinch-runners and defensive replacements.
 
9/7/2013 6:38:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (finger) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list even though he is unable to hit.
Insight: Marte, who is out with a sprained right ring finger and cannot yet grip a bat, will serve as a defensive replacement and a pinch runner.
 
9/4/2013 6:31:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (finger) still cannot let loose throwing the ball or take swings two-handed, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Marte, who is out with a sprained right ring finger, has no timetable for a return.
 
8/29/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (finger) has an outside shot at playing rehab games next weekend, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Marte, who is out with a sprained right ring finger, took one-handed swings Thursday and could swing with two hands over the weekend. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that Marte wouldn't swing a bat for another two weeks.
 
8/27/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte (finger) won't swing a bat for another two weeks, according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Marte is eligible to return Sept. 3, but he won't come close to that date. It's likely he won't be back until the latter half of September. The 24-year-old has been a tremendous fantasy player this season, hitting .282 with 11 homers, 79 runs, 35 steals and a .786 OPS in 118 games.
 
8/24/2013 7:46:00 PM
Description: A sprained finger will send Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte to the 15-day DL.
Insight: The roster move is retroactive to August 19th. Marte has had a brilliant season for the Bucs (.282, 11 HR, 33 RBI, 35 SB) and will be very difficult to replace at the top of the order. Pittsburgh is hoping Marte will be able to return as soon as he's eligible to on September 3rd.
 
8/23/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte's sore right ring finger kept him out Thursday, but he was available to pinch hit so he should be very close to returning.
Insight: Marte has become a solid fantasy contributor, batting .282 as the team's leadoff hitter with 11 HR, 33 RBI, 79 runs and 35 stolen bases. We'd like to see him improve his steal percentage as he's been caught 13 times.
 
8/21/2013 4:18:00 PM
Description: Pirates left fielder Starling Marte's sore right ring finger kept him out Tuesday and he will not be in Wednesday starting lineup either.
Insight: Marte was initially in Tuesday's lineup but was scratched, so we thought he was close, but apparently not close enough.