Starling Marte, Left Field, Pittsburgh Pirates, #6


Date of Birth: 10/9/1988
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Starling Marte, left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was signed by the Pirates in 2007. He played in the minor leagues from 2007 through most of 2012, finishing with a .303 batting average. In 2012, he played in 47 games with the Pirates.

In 2013, Marte batted .280 with 143 hits, 26 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, 35 RBIs, and 41 stolen bases in 135 games. As a left fielder in 124 games, he made 175 putouts and 6 errors.

In March, 2014, Marte signed a six-year, $31 million contract with the Pirates. He finished the 2014 season with 144 hits, 29 doubles, 56 RBIs, 30 stolen bases, and a .291 batting average in 135 games.

Marte had a strong 2015 season, batting .287 with career highs in games played (153), hits (166), doubles (30), home runs (19), stolen bases (30), and RBIs (81). He won his first Gold Glove in 2015, playing 141 games in left field and making 180 putouts with 1 error and a .995 fielding percentage. In the postseason Wild Card game, he had 1 strikeout in 4 at-bats.

Marte had another strong season in 2016, batting a career high .311 with 152 hits, career highs in doubles (34) and stolen bases (47), and 46 RBIs in 129 games. Defensively, he also had a good year, wininng his second consecutive Gold Glove. As a left fielder in 114 games, he made 168 putouts and 4 errors.

Marte was suspended for 80 games on April 18, 2017, for testing positive for PEDs. He finished the 2017 season with 85 hits and a .275 batting average in 77 games. Defensively, he played 56 games in left field and 25 games in center field.

Career batting statistics for Marte through 2017 include:

  • 676 games played
  • 733 hits
  • 129 doubles
  • 181 stolen bases
  • 266 RBIs
  • 609 strikeouts to 136 walks
  • .288 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Marte as a left fielder through 2017 include:

  • 592 games played
  • 838 putouts
  • 19 errors
  • .979 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Starling Marte
ESPN - Starling Marte