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July 27, 2012
Starling Marte became the first Pirates player in 16 years to have a multiple hit game while making his major league debut. He had two hits and scored a run in Thursday night's 5-3 win over the Astros (Jason Kendall went 3-for-4 on April 1, 1996).
I first noticed Marte just over a year ago when he was one of several Pirates prospects playing for their Altoona farm club. Part of the fun of catching minor league games is spotting those future stars. While one night does not a career make, Marte has been on lots of "can't miss" lists.
Separately, congratulations to Mets rookie Matt Harvey, who became the first pitcher since 1900 to strikeout 10 batters (he whiffed 11) and get two hits in his major league debut. I haven't seen him yet, but am certainly looking forward the opportunity.