The Boston Red Sox officially came to terms with their top pick in the 2012 amateur draft, Deven Marrero, yesterday, June 20. The Arizona State short stop was taken 24th overall by the Red Sox. He has signed for an above slot bonus of $2.05M, well above the $1.75M that was assigned to his pick. That is little surprise, however, as he is represented by the notoriously effective Scott Boras. Thanks to his early signing, Marrero will now be assigned to the Red Sox short-season single A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
Deven Marrero will be looking to team up with fellow Sun Devil, Dustin Pedroia when he finally reaches the majors. The 21 year old short stop is known for his slick fielding but his bat also has potential. At ASU, he hit .325 with 12 homers, and stole 32 bases in 150 games across his three years with the team. He was also a stand out in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2010 and 2011. The collegiate summer baseball league is among the top showcases for college players looking to prove themselves with wood bats. Marrero hit an impressive .326/.360/.413 in his second season on the Cape.
Deven Marrero immediately becomes a top 10 prospect in the Boston Red Sox farm system by many prospect experts’ analysis. With his advanced fielding abilities, no one questions his ability to stick at short stop. However, his bat has raised some issues over the past year. After hitting .315 as a sophomore, Marrero slumped this past season and made some counter-productive adjustments to his swing. He is not expected to be a star at the plate but he could develop into a solid hitter with plus contact and on base abilities. The Red Sox could move him through their system quickly if he can demonstrate the ability to adjust to more advanced pitching.