I don't want to rush Marte either, and one should never make judgments based on three games, etc. But he looked like their best player down there.
There were about five Pirates fans at Clearwater, and it seemed like 50-50 at Bradenton in the games with the Blue Jays and Yankees. Clearwater was kind of discouraging: a standing-room-only crowd, with substantial numbers of fans standing behind the seats or out on blankets in the outfield. A much more exciting atmosphere than Bradenton.
Kent Tekulve has really filled out.
And, on that subject, Jose Diaz makes CC Sabathia look, well, athletic.