Given Rob Biertempfel’s report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, this morning, that the Pirates are attempting to sign Starling Marte to a contract extension, I felt the need to remind my readers why I am “Still not Sold on Starling.”
Marte’s career K/BB ratio is 5.5. That’s not good. Since 1950, only six non-pitchers with more than 1,000 career plate appearances have had K/BB ratios of 5.5 or worse. Their career OPSs range from .558 to .707.
Marte’s career batting average on balls in play is .356. That makes his batting line a crap shoot. Since 1950, only 3.5% percent of hitters with more than 1,000 career plate appearances have had a BABIP over .330.
Further, Marte’s on-base percentage is highly dependent upon his “ability” to get hit by pitches. He failed to get out of the way 24 times last year. If he had not been hit by any pitches, his OBP would have been just .313.
You can see the rest of my warning and my projection for Marte’s 2014 season at Still Not Sold on Starling.