Deven Marrero to Red Sox: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
Height/Weight: 6’1”/180 lbs
College: Arizona State
Marrero is in the midst of a down year, as he’s struggled at the plate all season and has grown increasingly frustrated. Arguably the most advanced shortstop in the 2012 draft class, Marrero has developed an outstanding reputation for his soft hands and 60-grade range. He also possesses a strong arm that’s received a 70-grade from some scouts, which, when combined with his defensive prowess, makes him a lock to continue his career there at the next level.
Scouts remain divided about whether his hit tool profiles as a big league shortstop, but regardless, he’ll need to improve his contact rate. Don’t get me wrong; he’s a solid hitter. However, his bat and on-base skills still leave something to be desired for a first-round pick. Marrero will never hit for much power, but he should be able to collect 15-25 doubles annually.
Due to his ceiling on both offense and defense, Marrero has received comparisons to Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. If he makes progress at the plate over his first two minor league seasons, Marrero could be good to go by the start of the 2015 season.
Far from a sure thing, Marrero has all the potential in the world to be an everyday SS for the Red Sox. He'll have to make some adjustments with his offensive approach, but his time in college means he won't require too much seasoning overall.
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