Pittsburgh Pirates' Player of the Week: Starling Marte

By Darren Pare
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The last week for the Pittsburgh Pirates hasn’t been a good one. The team tallied just two wins in six contests and lost first place in the National League Central to the streaking St. Louis Cardinals, but one player that did have an excellent week is outfielder Starling Marte.

The 23-year-old Dominican has had an great start to his first full year in the big leagues. Last week, he batted .333 with four home runs, eight runs batted in, seven runs scored and three stolen bases. He has scored at least one run in eight straight games and has a least one hit in 13 of his last 14 games. Coming into Monday’s, games he shares the NL lead in hits with Pablo Sandoval. He is also second in stolen bases with 11.

Coming into the season, some people worried about whether Marte would be on base enough to be an effective. He isn’t drawing very many walks, buts he is batting .325 with decent power for a leadoff guy. One thing he could work on is striking out less, as he is currently averaging just under a strikeout per game.

Marte will be part of the Pirates’ future that looks quite bright. If the 2013 squad is unable to break the franchise’s horrible losing streak, it will surely come to an end soon after. Talents like Marte will soon be the norm rather than the exception at PNC Park, so jump on the bandwagon now because someday soon it is going get very crowded.

Darren Pare is a Pittsburgh Pirates writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at dpare71, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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