By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 31, 2012
Deven Marrero has developed nicely since I saw him as a freshman. I always felt that he was such a good middle infielder that he would play even if he never hit, but I think he’s got the indicators and the track record to say that he should at least be a competitive everyday offensive player. You can watch the swing too — that’s not a dominant player’s swing — that’s a smart player’s swing and approach.
The baseball graveyard is littered with former shortstops and second basemen who thought they could hit more home runs than they really could. Each time I have seen Marrero, he has proven an ability to stay with his true swing and approach. And that’s huge, because now you can dream on what kind of hitter he’ll be –careful not to get too overly excited here, though — and you can pair it with the defense, the arm and the speed. Really, he’s a very solid four-tool pro shortstop and that’s hard to find. He’ll probably need a few minor league seasons to adjust his narrow body features to the rugged grind of pro ball. But that’s OK, because in the new world order of defensive value, he’s going to play no matter what he hits.
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