2013 Fantasy Baseball: OF Starling Marte Breaks Out in Big Way

By Rich Arleo
Starling Marte - Charles LeClaire
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After a big start to the season for Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte, it’s been a struggle the past month. He was finally able to show some signs of life the past few days, and fantasy baseball owners were happy to see Marte officially kick it back into gear Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old went 4-for-5 against the San Francisco Giants, scoring four times with two steals in the process. After hitting just .243 with a .293 OBP in May, Marte was 3-for-18 to start the month of June. Fortunately, he’s been able to turn it back around and is now 8-for-17 (.470) with a home run, five steals and six runs scored in his past four games.

While the slump was a lengthy one, Marte was still providing runs and steals at a decent rate. He has his average back up to .289 after the big day and now has 20 steals (fourth in the league) and 42 runs scored to go along with a respectable six home runs. He has shown real 20-40 potential, and his steals are aided nicely by his .357 OBP.

He got a taste of the bigs last year and showed off his speed with 12 steals in 47 games but was able to hit just .257 with a .300 OBP. In four years in the minor leagues, Marte swiped 95 bags and had always shown a good ability to get on base (vital for base stealers, obviously) with an OBP consistently over .350. He’s been able to translate that to the bigs this season and will continue to be a must-start in all formats.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.

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