24-Year-Old Shortstop – Boston Red Sox
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Marrero is a slick-fielding shortstop who is major-league ready in the field and is starting to show promise at the plate. He slashed a career-high .291/.371/.433 in 68 games at Double-A Portland befo...
Deven Marrero Contract Information:
Signed a contract with Boston in June 2012 that included a $2.05 million signing bonus.
The Red Sox are still looking for a more consistent plate approach out of Marrero, the Boston Herald reports. "He experiments a lot at the plate with his set-up," manager John Farrell said. "You'll see him one year where he's upright, you'll see him a little deeper in his crouch another time... so as proficient as he is defensively, we're trying to gain some consistency on the offensive side."
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Boston Red Sox Roster
MajorsAcosta, Christopher (P)
AAABrentz, Bryce (OF)
A+Asuaje, Carlos (2B)
ABall, Trey (P)
RookieAlmonte, Jose (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Marrero didn't put up alluring numbers in his first full season of pro ball, slashing .252/.338/.317 in stops at High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2013. However, he continued to display outstanding defensive skills, rating as the best infield arm and defender according to Baseball America, and earning himself the organizational title as the system's top baserunner (25-for-27 on stolen-base attempts). Marrero has a nice swing and manages the strike zone, but how much offense he develops is the big question. If he can make contact, develop line drive power, and sustain an average in the .260-.270 range, he projects as a starting major league shortstop. There's an organizational logjam at middle infield with Marrero, Mookie Betts and Sean Coyle all vying for at-bats at Double-A Portland. Look for some sort of SS/2B/DH platoon among the three, but Marrero's ticket to the bigs is his defense at short.
Marrero, Boston's first-round pick in 2012, hit better than expected at short-season Lowell in 2012. The 22-year-old is considered a plus defender who will likely remain a middle infielder. He showed a good eye at the plate, made consistent contact and flashed some speed on the bases. His challenge in the coming years is to sustain the offense we saw in 2012.