Deven Marrero
Deven Marrero
28-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Opportunity knocked for Marrero to contribute as a utility player for prolonged stretches of 2017, but the value he offered the Red Sox was limited to his work with the glove at multiple positions. Over the last three years, Marrero has racked up 258 plate appearances in Boston, with the bulk of those coming last season, but he's had trouble making contact at the same clip as he did throughout his time in the minors, when he typically carried a strikeout rate near or below 20 percent. To date, he's fanned in 32.9 percent of his plate appearances, and with a .208/.259/.309 line for his career, he's hardly a lock to remain a bench player for the Red Sox in 2018. If he controls the strike zone more effectively and puts more balls in play, Marrero could have some AL-only league appeal thanks to his ability to steal bases (career 7-for-8 in stolen-base attempts), but he's little more than a reserve round consideration as a roster filler at this point. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox in March of 2018. Traded to the Diamondbacks in March of 2018.
Activated from DL and DFA'd
3BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
August 7, 2018
The Diamondbacks activated Marrero (oblique) from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday and designated him for assignment, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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Marrero appeared in seven minor-league rehab games and proved that he had fully recovered from the left oblique strain that had kept him sidelined since late June, but the Diamondbacks had no need for him on the active roster as a utility man with all of Eduardo Escobar, Ketel Marte and Daniel Descalso capable of playing multiple spots around the infield. It's possible that one of MLB's other 29 teams may value Marrero's defensive prowess enough to trade for him or put in a waiver claim, but the 27-year-old seems destined for a bench role regardless of where or when he gets his next opportunity in the majors.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+71%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+86%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+122%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+94%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .682 131 19 4 19 5 .233 .282 .400
Since 2016vs Right .400 156 24 0 15 3 .156 .216 .184
2018vs Left .501 58 5 0 6 1 .204 .241 .259
2018vs Right .269 27 6 0 1 2 .083 .185 .083
2017vs Left .944 61 14 4 13 4 .291 .344 .600
2017vs Right .425 127 18 0 14 1 .172 .218 .207
2016vs Left .258 12 0 0 0 0 .091 .167 .091
2016vs Right .500 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000
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Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+135%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .511 129 17 1 12 5 .186 .248 .263
Since 2016Away .546 158 26 3 22 3 .196 .245 .301
2018Home .505 46 7 0 4 2 .195 .261 .244
2018Away .342 39 4 0 3 1 .135 .179 .162
2017Home .526 75 10 1 8 3 .186 .240 .286
2017Away .639 113 22 3 19 2 .228 .273 .366
2016Home .393 8 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143
2016Away .167 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
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How does Deven Marrero compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
27.1%
 
BABIP
.232
 
ISO
.038
 
AVG
.167
 
OBP
.224
 
SLG
.205
 
OPS
.429
 
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Marrero's bat has been holding him back since he entered the minor leagues in 2012, and there is perhaps no better example of that than the 2016 season. His Triple-A Pawtucket slash line of .198/.245/.242 over 388 plate appearances in 96 games isn't good, but he earned a promotion to the big leagues nonetheless, where he didn't fare well at all. He made 14 plate appearances in 13 games, getting just one hit, which resulted in a .083 average. His MLB sample size is obviously small, but he is a career .246 hitter in the minor leagues. He can play the field decently, having spent time at second base, third base and shortstop in 2016, but that may not be enough to earn him a spot with the Red Sox, unless the volatile hot corner crop falters. Marrero underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery in mid-November, but he is expected to be ready for spring training. Even if he earns a big league spot at some point, he won't have much value in most fantasy leagues.
Marrero reached the major leagues in 2015, playing 25 games for the under-performing Red Sox. He didn’t hit much for Boston, posting a .226 batting average in 56 plate appearances over a few stints in the majors. He carried his weight at the plate for Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .256 with a late-summer spike before his final callup in September. With his already advanced glove, Marrero will have a starting job if he can hit .250-.260 in the majors. Marrero’s best spot is shortstop – that’s the most efficient use of his defense – but the presence of Xander Bogaerts at the major-league level has forced Marrero to diversify into second and third base the last two years. He played mostly third for Boston in his cameo. With Brock Holt around, the utility infield role is not an option for Marrero. He’ll head back to Pawtucket, where he’ll get plenty of reps at shortstop, that is if he’s not dealt over the winter.
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 before a July promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket. He struggled at the advanced level, but his showing at Portland was well beyond expectations. Can he improve the second time around at Triple-A, similar to his adjustment at Double-A? That's ultimately what the Red Sox will be looking for in 2015. He currently projects as a major league shortstop that hits in the bottom third of the order, but there's gap-power potential in bat. He'll open the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, and it will be interesting to see if he is able to push Xander Bogaerts off of shortstop, though Marrero may wind up getting traded following the addition of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in November.
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.
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Plays full game in minors
3BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
Oblique
August 6, 2018
Marrero (oblique) started at third base Sunday in a rehab game at Triple-A Reno and went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
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Moves rehab to Triple-A
3BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
Oblique
August 2, 2018
Marrero started at third base and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Wednesday in his rehab appearance for Triple-A Reno.
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Begins rehab assignment
3BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
Oblique
August 1, 2018
Marrero (oblique) has appeared in two rehab games for the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, going a combined 1-for-5 at the plate in those contests.
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Resumes workouts
3BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
Oblique
July 25, 2018
Marrero (oblique) has accelerated his workouts but hasn't been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment, the Associated Press reports.
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Placed on disabled list
3BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
Oblique
June 30, 2018
Marrero was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique Saturday.
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