Marte is a tough player to figure out. His strikeout percentage dropped under 20% in 2015 for the first time in his career, yet his walk percentage and OBP were the lowest he’s ever had.
This points to one of two things: either Marte is putting more balls in play while improving his plate discipline, or last year was a fluke. To counter that first argument, the left fielder’s batting average on balls in play was the lowest of his career, go figure.
At this point, we know what Marte is—a strikeout prone hitter with electric speed and surprising power. If he can hit behind McCutchen for most the season, and continues to cut down on his strikeouts, he could make his first All-Star appearance.
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