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Starling Marte Named to EL Post-Season All-Star Team

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    The Altoona Curve have announced that Starling Marte was named to the Eastern League Post-Season All-Star team. The 22 year old centerfielder is the team’s lone representative. Coming into play tonight, he leads the Eastern League and the Pittsburgh Pirates entire farm system with 161 hits. He is just five hits away from Nate McLouth’s team record of 166 set in 2004. 

Marte earns his first post-season honor

  He is also 2nd in the Eastern League in batting average (.332)  and runs scored with 82. He ranks third in the EL with 35 doubles, 7th in OPS with an .868 mark and 10th in stolen bases with 21 while also recording 17 outfield assists. Since the all-star break Marte has hit .369 in 39 games with six home runs. Marte, who signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2007,  has set career highs in every major category including his 118 games played which is 50 games higher than any previous season.

  Marte adds to an impressive resume from this year that also includes being named to the EL all-star game, the MLB Futures Game and he was named the Eastern League player of the week last week. Pirates Prospects had Marte ranked #2 overall in the Pirates system coming into this season in our 2011 prospect guide.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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