In the grand scheme of things, I guess it doesn't matter too much. It's probably pretty easy to justify based on a really lopsided K:BB ratio. However, I still can't help but wonder why Starling Marte-the 22 year old rifle armed CF sporting a .331/.361/.472 line in Altoona-is still in AA while Anthony Norman moves up to Indy to take Alex Presley's place.
If I'm just glossing over the unsightly 54:10 K:BB ratio and that is why Marte is stuck then please tell me just so I know I'm not totally losing my mind. Maybe it's just that the organization wants to bring Marte along slowly to avoid a potential Lambo-ian slide at AAA. Whatever it is, Marte has now posted .822, .802, .847 and .833 OPS's over the past 4 years without making any real attempt to improve his BB rate. If the organization really feels like he can't progress without walking more then they need to try and put a plan in action because it doesn't seem like Marte has altered his approach at all. If they think he can succeed in spite of his walk rate (his career MiLB OBP is a reasonable 61 points higher than his BA) then I don't get why he's still in Altoona.