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Marte among top OF prospects


Starling Marte ranks seventh on’s list of the top 10 outfielder prospects. Bryce Harper of the Nats is No. 1. After winning the Double-A Eastern League batting title last summer at Altoona, Marte will begin this season at Triple-A Indy. Assistant GM Kyle Stark said there’s one major hurdle left for Marte: “The big question for him, in terms of what the ultimate upside is, will be how does he control the strike zone?” Stark said. “We continue to challenge him and saw some strides being made, especially in the last month of the season. I think he has the ability to do it; it’s just a matter of commitment on every pitch, every night.”

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  1. Dejan Shortpants says:

    So when is McCutchen traded?

  2. Jay Walker says:

    Huntington is chasing his tail. Get him the hell outta here!

  3. PetroSteel says:

    Jay Walker,
    Why do you say Huntington is chasing his tail. I’m excited about several of our prospects being amoung the top prospects in the league. I’m excited about the future.

    That being said…I am extremely disappointed with the current roster because we need a better option at 1B and a solid starting pitcher. They need something to fill the gap between now and when these prospects are ready. They can’t expect the fans to go through another losing season. Enough is enough with losing every &*!#@*% year.

  4. Martin says:

    They will sign him first then trade him for prospects I will be surprised if he is around in five years to good of a player wasting his time in Pittsburgh McCuthen that is unless we get an owner that will spend money and then he may want to stay long term.

    Long suffering Pirate fan

  5. Kathy says:

    I don’t see a lot of good, young players at the MLB level right now. Didn’t Huntington fire a lot of scouts recently?

  6. Big Shooter says:

    The farm system is rated in them middle of the pack every year. Until that changes, the Buccos are doomed to be irrelevant.

  7. Little Louie says:

    Shouldn’t Beertemple be taken off the Pirates and put on the PSU where he belongs?

  8. Hound Dog says:

    Yeah, Boras could sell you a penny for $5, but Huntington pays him 500 bucks.

  9. joel says:

    When Marte starts to hit at Indy, Cutch’s days a Buc are numbered. Just think of all the prospects Neal will get in return. @*&^$%#@&^

  10. SidFarcus says:

    Huntington says in this interview with the MLB Network, in reference to a possible McCutchen trade, “Never say never………It would have to be a dramatic overpay on the part of the other club.”

    Why does Neal Huntington have to make comments like these? There’s nothing to gain here.

  11. steve says:

    From what I understand, if Marte and ‘Cutch play at the same time it projects that ‘Cutch would patrol left and Marte would man center- he’s supposed to be THAT good. If true, I can get pretty excited about an outfield with the ability to cover that kind of ground (assuming, building for speed, Tabata or possibly McClouth in right).

    However, if the Bucs cannot get a long-term deal done with McCutchen, they would be stupid not to trade him before his last year of arbitration. To allow him to walk away via free agency without any return would be negligent at the very least. The only exception is if they think they’ll go deep in the playoffs that year and that is unlikely this soon.

  12. Chuck H. says:

    Most of the time last season, it wasn’t the pitcher’s fault that we lost. Most of the time, it
    was the lack of hitting with runners in scoring position, and too many strikeouts, way too many S.Os.

  13. Ron says:

    Guys remember who our owner is. Enough said.

  14. Hound Dog says:

    I refuse to blame the owner. The MLB system sucks, but there’s no excuse to be this bad for this long. Our baseball ops people are incompetent, plain and simple.

  15. Jim EastTn says:

    Love the positive trends for the PBC. Especially the deliberateness that is decried by so many. Years of futility and management stupidity take time to rebuild, I think that position players that are needed will come from trades of the surplus of lower level pitching. IF Pedro can ever pull it together, there should be no more wailing about 1st base.
    No Neal-haters in Knoxville.

  16. Todd Macdonald says:

    Whatever happened to the “Value for Value” ideals that teams used to have? Huntingtons exact quote “if a teams ready to back the Brrinks truck up”. Yeah
    I can see them lining up already !!!!!!

  17. Dejan Shortpants says:

    Scott Olsen! Oh, goody!

  18. Jay Walker says:

    Ron: Bob Nutting did not draft Pedro Alvarez and sign Aki Iwamura and Lyle Overbay. You can blame him for hiring and retaining the guy who did make those sorry moves.

  19. Employee#8 says:

    The Bucs realistically need about a dozen minor leaguers to move through the system and immediately contribute at the major league level in the next couple years if there is any hope of winning here by 2015.

    It is incredibly unlikely since there is a pretty good outfielder in AAA and a couple low-A pitchers. The system is still pretty barren and the major league team is the opposite of talented.

    Great Deal Neal is the worst GM in sports. No talent, no future, no hope, no accountability. Your 2012 (and beyond) Pittsburgh Pirates

  20. Norb says:

    Nutting cares only about Seven Springs. He gives a rat’s rear end about the baseball team.

  21. Dejan Shortpants says:

    Frank Coonelly knows diddly about major league talent. He has no business to be part of these decisions.

  22. Mark says:

    Our farm system ranks in the middle of the pack. That’s all you need to know about the first five years of the Huntington era.

  23. J.R. says:

    I can’t tell you how much I dread the thought of another summer of crummy baseball here. I ask, does Pittsburgh really need an MLB franchise? I think not.

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