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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Check-Up on Red Sox Top 2012 Draft Pick Deven Marrero

Lowell Spinners
The Lowell Spinners are the the most common landing spot for Red Sox prospects getting their first taste of professional baseball. Deven Marrero got his start Jun 21, 2012.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Red Sox top draft pick, Deven Marrero, has officially started his professional career with the Single-A Short Season Lowell Spinners. The 21 year old shortstop joined the minor league affiliate Jun 21 and has played in seven games since.

Considered by many a defensive minded infielder, Marrero has had a decent start at the plate with the Spinners. In 31 AB, he's hitting .290/.313/.387 with a HR. The OBP and SLG are less than desirable, but considering he's played just seven games at the professional level, it's acceptable.

The Arizona State alum will need to work on his plate discipline, as evidenced by the 7/1 K/BB, but it's a common struggle for players getting their first taste of baseball at a higher level and it's hardly a worthy sample size. There will be plenty of time to work on his flaws at the plate, and hey, can't be much worse that Jose Iglesias.

As I said earlier, much like the Red Sox more advanced shortstop prospect, Marrero is noted more for his defensive abilities than offensive. In a small sample thus far, he's been solid. According to baseball-reference.com, he's yet to commit an error in 5 chances and he's turned one double play.

The Lowell Spinners have just over two months (around 9 weeks) remaining on the schedule this season, so we should get a better feel of what direction Deven Marrero is heading in. As always, we will check up frequently on the up-and-coming prospects in the Sox organization.



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