Baseball America and other minor-league publications talk about Marte as if he's a sure thing, but one NL personnel man said Marte has some flaws in his swing that make him vulnerable to breaking balls and pitches away. Marte's ascent to the majors could hinge upon whether he can make the necessary adjustments. He's still only 22 years old.
"By no means is he ready to step in and play in the major leagues right now," the NL official said.
Sounds like the statement that Marte will "definitely" start in Beefalo are based on more than just Aaron Boone's contract.