Former Bradenton Marauder Starling Marte has been promoted to Pittsburgh from triple-A Indianapolis, where he was leading all of Minor League Baseball in triples with 13.
Marte played in 60 games for the 2010 Marauders, batting .315 during his time in Bradenton. He hit 16 doubles and tripled five times that season while also stealing 22 bases. Marte stole 20 or more bases at every level in the Pirates' farm system.
The Pirates invited Marte to big league camp this spring, where the 23-year-old went 13-25 with three home runs. After a slow start to the triple-A season, Marte turned the corner in June by hitting .325, scoring 28 runs and driving in 25 to earn recognition as International League Player of the Month.
Marte is the fifth former Marauder to join a big league roster. Nathan Adcock made his Major League debut last season with the Royals. Jeff Locke and Eric Fryer each played for the Pirates last season. Bryan Morris was promoted to Pittsburgh last month but did not appear in a game.
The Pirates are in Houston to start a 10-game road trip against National League Central opponents. Marte is expected to start at a corner outfield position alongside all-star center fielder Andrew McCutchen.