Marte doesn't listen to the hype

As a top outfield prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Starling Marte has enjoyed the first half of the 2012 season with the Indianapolis Indians. However, Marte said that he does not pay attention to much outside of his job.

Marte signed with the Pirates in 2006 as an international player. He spent some of the 2011 season playing for Double-A Altoona where he was named an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star as well as a Post-Season All-Star. He was then added to the Pirates' 40-man roster at the end of the 2011 season. In February of this year, Marte was ranked No. 87 on's Top 100 Prospects list.

"I don't really pay attention to all prospect stuff," he said. "I just try to concentrate on improving and doing my best for the team."

As an Indian, Marte leads the team in several categories such as runs, hits and RBI. Marte said that he feels comfortable at the plate and during his at-bat opportunities.

Marte has racked up 101 total hits so far this season which gives him a batting average of .291. In early July, Marte was named the International League's Player of the Week as well as being named to the All-Star team this past week.

"It's amazing because this is my first year in Triple-A and I didn't think they would invite me to the All-Star game," Marte said. "I made it though, so I feel really good about that. I met some people I didn't know and had a good time there."

Marte had a 15-game hitting streak snapped recently, the longest hitting streak by a Tribe player this season. Marte was named the Indian's player of the Month for June. During that time, Marte recorded 39 hits, 25 runs, five triples and 28 RBI. He said that the honor of being named the Player of the Month was nice and that the only thing he is trying to do is perform the best for the team and do his job.

With the possibility of a call to the major leagues sometime in the second half of the season, Marte said that he does not expect to make any adjustments for the second half of the year.

"I don't really have to change anything," he said. "I just try to stay humble and do the same things that I did in the first half."

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