Major League Baseball announced today that Pittsburgh's Starling Marte has been added to the National League All-Star team in place of the injured Yoenis Cespedes. The announcement was made by National League manager Terry Collins. Marte will join Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon as representatives of the Pirates at this year's All-Star Game, Tuesday night in San Diego. This is the sixth straight year in which the Pirates will send multiple representatives to the Midsummer Classic and the first time since a 12-year run of multiple representatives from 1958 to 1969.
The 27-year-old Marte was signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. He is the first Pirate to be named to the All-Star team who was signed by the club as a non-drafted free agent since Carlos Garcia in 1994. Marte enters today ranked ninth in the National League in hitting (.316), second in stolen bases (27), fourth in multi-hit games (31), tied for sixth in hits (97) and tied for second in outfield assists (nine). His .320 average as an outfielder also ranks third in the Majors among players at that position, trailing only Los Angeles' Mike Trout (.332) and Miami's Christian Yelich (.321).
Since his first full season in the big leagues in 2013, Marte ranks third among all National League players with 128 stolen bases, trailing only Billy Hamilton (148) and Dee Gordon (138). The 2015 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner also has a Major League-leading 25 outfield assists since the beginning of last season.