PawSox OF Chris Marrero has been elected to the 2016 post-season International League All-Star Team. The post-season All-Star Team and Award Winners are selected by the league's managers, coaches, media, and club representatives.
Marrero, 28, is leading the PawSox in virtually every offensive category and is among the league leaders in several as well. In 124 games for the PawSox this season he is hitting .287 with 23 HR (3rd in the league) & 69 RBI (4th in the league). He leads the International League with 234 total bases, is 1st in extra-base hits (52), 5th in hits (134), and is 2nd in the IL with a .501 slugging pct.
Chris is tops on the PawSox in average, games (59 at 1B, 24 in LF, 2 in RF, and 41 as the DH), at-bats (467), runs (62), hits (134), HR, RBI, walks (42), on-base pct. (.344), slugging pct. (.501), and OPS (.845). He is 2nd on the club with 27 doubles (Jantzen Witte leads with 29). Marrero's 23 HR are the most by a PawSox player since Mauro Gomez had 24 in 2012 and Marrero's 69 RBI are the most since Gomez had 74 also in 2012.
Chris represented the PawSox on the International League All-Star team during the Triple-A All-Star Game played in Charlotte this past July. He won the Triple-A HR Derby on July 11th belting a total of 44 HR during the competition. And then during the All-Star Game on July 13 he was named the IL's Top Player after his solo HR in the 8th-inning cemented the 4-2 International League victory over their Pacific Coast League opponents. Marrero became the first PawSox player to earn each of those honors.
Chris was signed by the Red Sox as a free agent on August 15, 2015 after being released by the Charlotte Knights earlier that month. He finished the 2015 season with the PawSox and re-signed with the club for 2016. His teammate while in Pawtucket has been his first cousin Deven Marrero, the PawSox shortstop. Chris, a Miami native, was originally selected by Washington in the 1st round (15th overall selection) in the 2006 June draft. He played in 39 games with the Nationals during parts of 2011 and 2013. His older brother Christian is an outfielder with Double-A Reading in the Phillies' organization.
Some notable PawSox International League All-Stars over the years include: outfielders Jim Rice & Fred Lynn (1974), 3B Butch Hobson (1976), SS Glenn Hoffman & 3B Dave Stapleton (1979), LHP Bob Ojeda (1981), 2B Marty Barrett (1982), 3B Steve Lyons (1984), OF Mike Greenwell (1986), SS Tim Naehring (1990), 3B Scott Cooper (1991), RHP Aaron Sele (1993), RHP Bronson Arroyo (2003), C Kelly Shoppach (2004 & 2005), INF Dustin Pedroia (2006), SS Jose Iglesias (2012), and RHP Anthony Ranaudo (2014).
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