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Illustration for article titled Pirates Prospect Starling Marte Made History With His First MLB Swing

On the first swing of his major league career, Pittsburgh's Starling Marte homered tonight to deep left-center field in Houston. He became the first Pirate in 51 years to homer in his first at-bat, as well as the 28th player in MLB history to homer on his first pitch. That ranks just behind perfect games (22), four-HR games (16), and unassisted triple plays (15) in terms of historical rarity.

Before the season started, here's what ESPN's Keith Law had to say about Marte's potential:

Marte has tremendous tools and has moved aggressively through Pittsburgh's system despite a real lack of polish at the plate that makes him a very high-beta prospect. ... The Pirates might have a successor to Andrew McCutchen, or just a maddening bench guy who looks like he should be a star.


Of course, we're talking about the smallest of small sample sizes here, but Marte, who hit leadoff and went 2-for-4 in a Pirates win tonight, is off to a very good start.


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