Deven Marrero. AP Images/Larry Goren
Deven Marrero drew some of the highest praise of the 2012 Draft. Long time North Carolina coach Mike Roberts said about Marrero:
He's the best amateur baseball player on the defensive side I've ever seen in 35 years of coaching. He's Omar Vizquel at 20, 21, except he'll be a better hitter and steal more bases. I've seen him do things defensively I've never seen another infielder do. (ESPN)
Roberts went on to say, “To me, the Red Sox got the gem of the draft, another (Dustin) Pedroia, another (Jacoby) Ellsbury, a real hidden gem who will get to the big leagues quickest.” (ESPN)
The Vizquel comparison sounds familiar to another shortstop the Red Sox already have in their system: Jose Iglesias. But the Ellsbury and Pedroia comparisons are something new.
The knock on Marrero is the same. His bat.
He hit just .284 at the college level. To be fair, he was hampered by a sprained ankle and has the potential to turn it around at the plate.
If Marrero can find his swing, the Red Sox may truly have the steal of the draft.
According to mlb.com, "He has the chance to be a very good every-day shortstop. If the bat develops even more, he could be an impact player in the big leagues."
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