The Indianapolis Indians are set to receive reinforcements for their playoff push in the return of former International League All-Star and current Pittsburgh Pirates standout Starling Marte. The electrifying outfielder is scheduled to join the Tribe on a major league rehabilitation assignment during the upcoming homestand.
Marte, who was previously tabbed by Baseball America as the IL’s “Most Exciting Player,” Best Batting Prospect” and “Best Defensive Outfielder,”
ripped through league pitching during his stint with the Indians in 2012. The speedy outfielder notched a 15-game hitting streak while batting .286 (111-for-388) in 99 total Triple-A games, and prior to his promotion to Pittsburgh, ranked among the top five of league batters in hits, extra-base knocks (46), total bases (194), RBI (62) runs scored (64) and stolen bases (21). He also concluded the 2012 campaign ranked first in all of Triple-A baseball with 13 triples in roughly 50 games fewer than IL and PCL batters.
Since awing Tribe fans in 2012, Marte has continued his impressive play at the big-league level. The 25-year-old outfielder hit .280 (143-for-510) during his first full season in Pittsburgh in 2013, and produced 16 doubles, five triples, five homers and 21 steals in 86 MLB games this season prior to landing on the seven-day concussion disabled list on July 23.
Marte will join the Indians during their upcoming homestand against the Toledo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, and Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
Note: The starting pitcher for the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday August 2nd at Victory Field will now be left-hander Rafael Perez. It had earlier been announced that Gerrit Cole was to make the start for the Tribe.