Starling Marte became only the 27th player in Major League history to hit a HomeRun in their very first pitch of the MLB career when he went yard on Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros last year.
Starling became one of my favorite players to root for in the minor leagues when he gave me a broken bat of then Pirates prospect Aaron Thompson. He also signed 6 autograph baseballs for me along with a few cards.
Marte has a cannon for an arm and could become a key part to the Pirates future outfield setup. His biggest issue is pitch recognition and swinging at pitches outside the strike zone. He doesn't walk often and that's why he won't be a good batter to hit in the leadoff spot for the Pirates in 2013. He did manage to get 12 steals in only 43 games though so he shows potential of being a baserunning threat on the bases.
If anyone has any Starling Marte cards they are looking to trade please hit me up with a trade offer.