PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: World Future's All-Star Starling Marte #15 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at bat during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
#Pirates so serious about Justin Upton they're sending signals they could include Starling Marte in an Upton deal -- but not Cole or Taillon— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 15, 2012
Marte is hitting .286 with an .839 OPS, 10 home runs, 55 RBI and 57 runs scored for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. The center fielder has 18 stolen bases, but has also been caught stealing 12 times.
Last season, Marte led the Doule-A Eastern League in batting (.322), hits (178), doubles (38) and outfield assists (18). Baseball America ranked Marte as the 73rd-best prospect in the game before the start of the season.
Pittsburgh's unwillingness to part with Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 pick of the 2011 draft, and Jameson Taillon, the No. 2 pick of the 2010 draft, will likely keep them from adding Upton, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
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