Even so, the Red Sox have another up-and-coming player in the same position in the minors in Devin Marrero.
Unlike Bogaerts, Marrero is a shortstop with more of a defensive flare than his bat. However in 2014 his stock was rapidly rising to the point where he could make the big leagues if there is an injury to Bogaerts or Drew. But before we get ahead of ourselves, first let’s get to know Mr. Marrero a little better.
Then in 2013, things started to take off for Marerro. Going into the season, he was ranked the No. 10 prospect in the Red Sox organization and got a Spring Training invite. He then started the year in Advanced Single-A with the Salem Red Sox and played 85 games with them before getting called up to play 19 games at Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. Overall, he hit .252 (102-for-404) with 22 XBH, 2 HR, and 26 RBIs. Marerro also stole 27 bases out of 29 chances (93.1%) and also had an OBP of .338, slugging % of .317, and OPS of .655. On the defensive side of the plate, Marerro had 166 putouts, 337 assists, help convert 66 double-plays and only committed 6 errors, and had a fielding percentage of .988 (503-for-509) in 104 games at shortstop.
The 2014 Season
Then earlier this month on July 2, Marrero got the call up to play at Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. In 11 games before the All-Star Break, Marrero was batting .326 (14-for-43) with 4 XBH, 0 HR, and 8 RBIs. He also stole just 1 base and had an OBP of .356, slugging % of .419, and OPS of .774. Marrero played at shortstop for all 11 games, getting 19 putouts, 38 assists, 0 errors, and helped convert 8 double-plays for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (57-for-57).
After the All-Star Break, it was back to business against the Buffalo Bison on July 17. Marrero ended up going 0-for-3 in that game with one walk and struck out once. He also played shortstop in the game, recording 1 putout and grabbing 4 assists in a 5-2 victory for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
trade, it won’t be a surprise that Marerro’s name gets thrown into the pool of prospects the Red Sox will send away. Though raw right now, he has the potential of being a 5-tool player in the majors.
The question though would be what to do with him. Hopefully we'll see more of Marerro down the road in a Sox uniform.
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