Outfielder Starling Marte became a well-traveled player in short order since the PGBL draft. In a span of three weeks, Marte has been on four different teams.
The reigning champion St. Louis Clydesdales acquired Marte and Kelly Johnson from Las Vegas in exchange for Ian Kinsler and Marwin Gonzalez. Marte had been with the Gamblers for just over a week after being part of a six-player deal with Boston.
The Braves sent Marte, Andrew Heaney, Chase Anderson and a draft pick to Las Vegas in exchange for Stephen Piscotty, Adam Warren and Byung Ho Park.
In late November, Boston acquired Marte from Twin City along with Rusney Castillo and Bartolo Colon for a package of six players and two picks headlined by Yasmany Tomas, Kendall Graveman and A.J. Cole.
Marte is coming off a strong season with the Truckers. He hit .300 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs while stealing 55 bases and scoring 106 runs, second in the South League to MVP Jose Altuve of Oakland.
Twin City’s Rusney Castillo hit .490 with seven homers and a 1.477 OPS for perhaps the finest spring training performance among many in PGBL Grapefruit and Cactus play.
While Castillo won’t be playing regular season games for the retooled defending champions, a few impact players also had strong spring showings.
Chicago slugger Giancarlo Stanton bashed eight homers and a spring-best 22 RBIs to lead the Cardinals to a 14-4 mark to top all clubs. Ottawa finished at 13-5 as Steve Pearce whacked a league-leading nine jacks.
On the pitching side, Tijuana’s Marcus Stroman went 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 28 strikeouts. The top single game performance came from Vancouver’s Edinson Volquez, who struck out seven of the 30 batters he faced in a no-hitter against Dublin.
Opening Day will be Monday, so teams are asked to submit their finalized 25-man active rosters, lineups and pitching assignments as soon as possible.
Calgary selected third baseman, Josh Harrison, with the first overall pick of the 2015 draft. The Roughnecks acquired the pick in a trade with Boston.
There was lots of movement in the days leading to the Draft, with Twin Cities moving around several times, but ultimately landing Yoan Moncada from Cuba with the third overall pick.
With its three first round picks, Ottawa nabbed first baseman Steve Pearce and starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Collin McHugh.