"I wasn't discouraged," said Marte, with the assistance of translator and Bucs third baseman Pedro Alvarez, of the demotion. "I'm happy for the opportunity to show what I can do. I'll keep working until I have a chance."
"I feel good. I learned from a lot of guys here [in camp]."
Overall, Marte went 13-for-25 with three homers.
"Obviously we love the guy and are really excited about his offensive upside," general manager Neal Huntington said of Marte. "He has a chance to come up here and make an impact. He showed when he hits his pitch, he can hit just about anybody."
"[Marte] continued to show a need to refine his strike-zone command. His ability to barrel balls that aren't good pitches will be his biggest challenge in Triple-A.
Marte will split time with Hernandez in both left and center field in his first trip to Triple-A after struggling defensively at times in right this spring.
"Defensively, we were a little surprised," said Huntington. "We've seen a much better defensive outfielder [in the past]. He struggled [defensively this spring], and some of it might have had to do with [playing] right field, but we've got some work to do there [offensively] as far as consistency pitch-to-pitch."
Wilson, McPherson and Morris are all in the Pirates' Top 20 as well. Wilson is at No. 10. The lefty appeared in four Spring Training games, finishing with a 3.18 ERA over 5 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits and walked seven while striking out six. McPherson (No. 11), the Pirates' 2011 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, didn't find much mound time in official Grapefruit League action, tossing just one scoreless inning against the Phillies on March 16. Morris (No. 15) gave up two unearned runs over four one-inning outings, yielding four hits and one walk while striking out two.
Hernandez hit .150 over 12 games, going 3-for-20, though he did go 3-for-3 in stolen-base attempts. None of the optioned players made the trip to Fort Myers, Fla., for either the official game or the "B" game slated for Sunday morning.