Starling Marte
Starling Marte
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Marte was in select company last season, joining Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez as the only players with at least 20 homers and 30 steals. He’s more likely to repeat the stolen bases, especially if he can improve his success rate as he was caught 14 times last season, resulting in a career-low 70.2% clip after three seasons with a combined 76.4% success rate. Marte’s power is capped by his batted-ball tendencies as he pounded 51% of his contact into the ground. Despite a below-average strikeout rate, Marte’s average is also restricted due to a low average exit velocity and not enough barrels. This, along with the Pirates generally finishing below average in scoring, curb Marte’s run-plus-RBI output, placing him among the lowest hitters ranked in the top 40 or costing at least $20 in that regard. Still, Marte is a worthwhile early-round investment as this kind of balanced production is not easy to find. Read Past Outlooks
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$The Pirates picked up Marte's $11.5 million club option for 2020 in October of 2019.
Club option picked up
OFPittsburgh Pirates
October 31, 2019
Marte's (wrist) $11.5 million club option for 2020 was picked up Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 31-year-old hit a career-high 23 home runs with 82 RBI in 2019, so the team's decision to pick up his option isn't very surprising. Once the Pirates gain stability in the front office, Marte could be traded during the offseason if the team can find value as it looks to rebuild.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .676 372 42 11 40 13 .233 .275 .401
Since 2017vs Right .831 1159 184 39 145 66 .300 .354 .477
2019vs Left .773 140 18 6 16 7 .269 .281 .493
2019vs Right .868 446 79 17 66 18 .304 .362 .506
2018vs Left .725 153 16 5 22 5 .237 .301 .424
2018vs Right .808 453 65 15 50 28 .290 .336 .471
2017vs Left .404 79 8 0 2 1 .162 .215 .189
2017vs Right .808 260 40 7 29 20 .311 .369 .438
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OPS at Home
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .837 746 107 22 99 41 .300 .356 .481
Since 2017Away .752 785 119 28 86 38 .268 .314 .437
2019Home .873 288 42 9 49 14 .304 .355 .517
2019Away .819 298 55 14 33 11 .286 .330 .489
2018Home .780 289 34 8 32 17 .284 .332 .448
2018Away .794 317 47 12 40 16 .271 .323 .471
2017Home .873 169 31 5 18 10 .322 .396 .477
2017Away .558 170 17 2 13 11 .231 .271 .288
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How does Starling Marte compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Marte lost half of his 2017 season serving an 80-game suspension following a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. The vet improved his batting average each month, and stole 19 of his 21 bases after returning from suspension in July. He's taken at least 30 bags in his four full campaigns and should do so again. But what else will he offer? While Marte posted his career-best BB/K in 2017, it rose to just 0.32. He rarely walks, which means his stolen-base attempts are largely tied to him hitting for a high average. He's never posted a contact rate above 78.7 percent. Most importantly, he has only one season of more than 13 homers and relies on a groundball-heavy spray chart. He'll hit leadoff or second, which helps his best fantasy assets, but if the Pirates go into sell mode, Marte could find his way to a better park and/or lineup. To comfortably buy him, prospective owners must invest in extra power from their other top-end selections.
Back spasms short-circuited an electric season by Marte, denying the 28-year-old of finishing off one of his most productive campaigns. The outfielder offset career lows in games played (129) and home runs (9) with a career-high .311 batting average and 47 stolen bases in 2016. He started just one game after Sept. 5 due to the back injury, but when he was healthy, he registered a .380 BABIP (second highest in the majors behind DJ LeMahieu's .388). While that number is likely to regress in 2017, he features a career .359 BABIP. Marte's aggressive style lends itself to injuries -- he dealt with a host of ailments in 2016 before the back issue -- and he's been hit by 79 pitches in five seasons. The two-time Gold Glove winner should be healthy for spring training, but it might be wise to keep a close eye on his Grapefruit League progress.
When Marte hit 12 homers in his first 57 games it appeared yet another breakout was on the horizon for the 5-tool star. Alas, a hand injury and an assortment of other nagging ailments slowed Marte’s pace and he finished with 19 home runs. Given his daring style of play, the 27-year-old will always be at risk for getting hurt — he was hit by 19 pitches (third-most in NL), but his unique talents set him apart, as Marte slashed .287/.337/.444 and stole 30 bases for the third straight season. He hit .298 against righties and only .246 vs. southpaws despite a .311 career mark against lefties. Plate discipline will never be his forte (27 BB:123 K ratio) but a career .353 BABIP assuages concerns about a lack of contact. Marte will aim for his second straight Gold Glove in 2016.
Marte slightly improved upon his numbers from his first full season in 2014, slashing .291/.356/.453 with 13 homers and 30 stolen bases in 545 plate appearances. When Pittsburgh moved him out of the leadoff spot to seventh in order, he strung together four multi-hit performances in the next seven games and never looked back. His RBI total improved from 35 to 56 (year over year) and he ended up batting mostly fifth against left-handed pitching. A .373 BABIP appears ripe for regression, but he's never dipped below a .333 BABIP in six pro seasons. Marte, who signed a six-year, $31 million extension in March of 2013, played a more-than-capable center field when Andrew McCutchen went on the DL. After bottoming out June 8 with a .230 batting average, the 26-year-old hit .338/.397/.529 in 305 plate appearances. Provided he stays healthy -- he's been hit by 41 pitches the last two seasons -- expect another strong campaign from Marte.
A finger injury suffered Aug. 19 prematurely ended Marte's breakout season -- he saw just 27 of his 510 at-bats after the injury. The 25-year-old batted .280/.343/.441 with 12 homers, 35 RBI and 41 stolen bases (in 56 attempts). He ranked second in the NL with 24 Hit-By-Pitches. His 10.2 UZR and 20.1 UZR/150 ratings were the best among qualified NL left fielders. Despite a horrendous 25:138 BB:K ratio, Marte offset that number with a .363 BABIP -- which was actually his second lowest mark in five pro seasons. Expect more of the same from Marte in 2014. At some point, the team might move Marte out of the leadoff spot, but only if an adequate replacement can be found.
Marte's offensive ceiling may be as high as another other Pirates positional player not named Andrew McCutchen. His first foray with the Bucs proved to be a bumpy ride, but he gave glimpses of why the organization values him highly. The outfielder, who homered on the first big-league pitch he ever saw in Houston, never played above Double-A prior to 2012. WIth Triple-A Indy, Marte hit .286/.347/.500 with 13 triples, 12 homers and 21 steals in 99 contests. A season after winning a Double-A batting title, not even a 28:91 BB:K ratio could hold him down. Marte then hit six triples, five homers and stole 12 bases in 47 games for Pittsburgh, despite an oblique injury. Plate discipline will likely always be an issue for the free swinger. He heads into 2013 as the odds-on starter left fielder, but he will be pushed by the several others and Pittsburgh management showed in 2012 that it can be quick to pull the trigger on a struggling left fielder -- see Alex Presley. The scenario for a breakout season is real, but the chance that he gets sent back to Triple-A for additional seasoning is also a distinct possibility. Marte represents a high-risk, high-reward offering, especially in one-year leagues.
Marte made his Double-A debut in 2011 to the tune of a .332/.270/.500 slash line in 536 at-bats. Coming off a broken hamate bone in 2010, Marte showed a bit of the power (12 homers) that makes him the closest prospect Pittsburgh has to a five-tool talent. The 22-year-old righty hit 38 doubles, eight triples, stole 24-of-36 bags and hit .332. Marte lacks plate discipline (22:100 BB:K ratio) and it will be interesting to see how he fares against Triple-A pitching. Oddly, he hit .346 against righties (in 405 at-bats) and .288 (in 125 at-bats) versus lefties. It wouldn't be surprising to see him in a big league uniform by September, if not sooner.
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Done for season
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 25, 2019
Marte (wrist) will not return this season, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Return remains in question
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 22, 2019
Marte (wrist) does not appear close to returning, general manager Neal Huntington said during his Sunday radio show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
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Out until at least Sept. 24
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 18, 2019
Marte (wrist) won't return to the lineup until Sept. 24 against the Cubs at the earliest, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Remains out of lineup
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 18, 2019
Marte (wrist) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.
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Held out again
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 17, 2019
Marte (wrist) isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Seattle.
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