Marcelo Mayer

19-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Boston Red Sox A
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Four of the top six fantasy prospects from the 2021 draft were prep shortstops, and Mayer may be the best of the bunch. Some analysts thought he should have been the pick at 1-1, but he slid to Boston with the fourth-overall pick and signed for slot value ($6.66 million). His bat will be his calling card, as he projects as a plus hitter from the left side who should grow into plus all-fields power. At 6-foot-3, 188 pounds, he has a prototypical frame to grow into without compromising his baseball actions. He is just a fringe-average runner now and should slow down, so his range won't be great, but he's a very smooth defender who makes all the routine plays. Mayer was as good as advertised in his limited pro debut, hitting .275/.377/.440 with three home runs and a 121 wRC+ in 26 games in the Florida Complex League. His patience at the plate was noteworthy (14.0 BB%), and while he didn't face strong competition, he was age-appropriate for the level. His picturesque left-handed swing and extensive track record make him as close to a can't-miss high school prospect as we've seen in recent years. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $6.66 million contract with the Red Sox in July of 2021.
Returns with three doubles
SSBoston Red Sox  A
May 16, 2022
Mayer (wrist) started at shortstop and went 3-for-6 with three doubles and two RBI on Sunday in Single-A Salem's 8-7 loss to Delmarva.
Mayer missed approximately two-and-a-half weeks when his sore right wrist first cropped up in late April, but his latest aggravation of the injury didn't cause nearly as long of an absence. He was out of the lineup for four days before returning to action Sunday and providing a season-high three extra-base hits. Assuming he experienced no setbacks coming out of Sunday's contest, Mayer should be capable of handling an everyday role at Salem moving forward.
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Day-to-day with wrist issue
SSBoston Red Sox  A
May 14, 2022
Mayer continues to deal with right wrist soreness and will miss a fourth consecutive game for Single-A Salem on Saturday, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.
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Suits up Monday at Single-A
SSBoston Red Sox  A
May 11, 2022
Mayer (wrist) served as Single-A Salem's designated hitter in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Delmarva and went 1-for-4 with his fourth stolen base of the season.
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Nearing return
SSBoston Red Sox  A
May 9, 2022
Mayer (wrist) is expected to return to game action sometime this week, Chris Hatfield of Sox Prospects reports.
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Bothered by sore wrist
SSBoston Red Sox  A
April 30, 2022
Mayer has missed a week of action with a sore right wrist, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
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Gets brief spring taste of majors
SSBoston Red Sox  A
April 6, 2022
Mayer picked up five plate appearances for the Red Sox this spring, going 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
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