One of the biggest bats of the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training was reassigned this morning. Colin Dunlapreported that Andy Marte was sent to minor league camp. Joining Marte will be Brian Burres, Dusty Brown and Corey Wimberly.
Wimberly simply didn’t get it done in camp. He is a slap hitter as you can see in the (awful) video we took below. He relies on his above average speed to wreak havoc on the basepaths. The trouble we saw was the guy couldn’t steal first. He had difficulty in the field as well, but with some work Wimberly could help the ballclub late in the season. One thing he does possess is a relentless work ethic (to go with great stirrups.)
Marte slugged at a .545 clip for the Bucs and had an OPS of .993, but it wasn’t enough to crack the 25-man roster. His defense could use some work, thus we can see why the Pirates would send him down. It will be nice to see if he can keep the bat hot after the demotion, and work on improving his fielding.
The pedigree is definently there with Marte, the ability to prove that the once top prospect billings Marte received have yet to be transformed into Major League succeess. It’s about time it happens and we can think of no better team to do for than the battlin’ Bucs.
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