Deven Marrero Tracker

SS, Arizona State

Image Credit: Arizona State Athletics

Age: 21
Born: August 25, 1990
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 194
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Class: Junior
Level: NCAA

Advisor: N/A


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Marrero entered the year as a top five prospect, but his struggles at the plate have seen his value drop, in some cases out of the top ten. There have been rumblings that the Pirates would take him at eighth overall, and most of those have come from Keith Law, who has been extremely accurate with his Pirates’ predictions in the last few drafts.

The best part of Marrero’s game is his defense. He’s got a plus arm, fields the ball smoothly, and reading the ball well off the bat. He also has good range due to his above-average speed. All of this allows Marrero to eventually be a plus defender at the position. He has good plate patience, and has a chance to hit for average power in the future, while currently profiling more as a line drive hitter. However, he hasn’t really shown much at the plate this year.

It’s debatable whether Marrero would be worth the eighth overall pick. He does have plus defense, which is the bulk of his value right now. He was a consensus top five prospect at the start of the year. If the Pirates believe that his hitting this year is a fluke, then it would make sense to take him, as it is hard to find a shortstop who can hit with the defense that Marrero provides. On the flip side, if Marrero can’t hit, then he doesn’t have much value, as no-bat, strong defensive shortstops can be found much cheaper than the cost of a first round pick.

2009: Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 17th round, 509th overall.
Baseball America: #13 (4/11/2012)
Jonathan Mayo: #13 (5/1/2012)
Keith Law: #7 (4/10/2012)

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