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Starling Marte Could Join Pirates Soon, Class AAA Manager Says

Indianapolis Indians manager Dean Treanor currently has top Pirates prospect Starling Marte on his roster, but he doesn't expect that to last.

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"The Pirates want him to get a little seasoning, but I wouldn't expect he'll be here very long,'' said Indians manager Dean Treanor of the organization's fourth-ranked prospect. "Still, I think the timing has to be right. I think they want him to face some more veteran pitching before they call him up, but I really don't expect him to be here an extended period of time.''

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Marte's performance will ultimately dictate the timing of his promotion, but don't expect it to happen before June or so. If the Pirates' hitters keep playing as badly as they have, the fans may call for him to come up earlier, but the struggles of players like Jose Tabata (along with everyone else) probably won't ultimately have much to do with when Marte comes up.

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Marte is currently hitting .286/.342/.457 for Indianapolis. He's probably the Pirates' third- or fourth-best prospect, but with Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell all currently in Class A or A+, Marte is the top prospect who's closest to the majors.

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Via Bucs Dugout.

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