BLUF: Everyday shortstop with plus defense and potential for above-average offensive game.
The Player: Deven Marrero (SS, Arizona State University) – A 17th round pick of the Reds in 2009, Marrero hasn’t regretted the decision to attend college. He was a First Team Freshman All-American with a .397/.442/.628 line in 42 games his first year. He followed that up with an equally impressive .313/.352/.434 line with the new BBCOR bats during his sophomore season. Marrero was a standout player for Team USA last summer and was also one of the top players in the Cape Cod League. So far this season Marrero has hit .286/.344/.405 in 22 games for the Sun Devils.
Basis of Report: Industry Contacts
Body (6-0, 195): Athletic body. Well-proportioned. Wiry with good strength in lower half and through torso. Could use some added strength in the upper body. Good coordination.
Hit: Aggressive hitter that attacks the ball. Needs to improve knowledge of the strike zone and pitch recognition. Has above-average bat speed with good hands. Trigger can get a little lengthy at times, moving the bat to the zone slower than would be ideal. Line-drive swing without elevation or significant leverage. Can work from gap to gap consistently. Will battle desire to pull the ball at times. Needs to adjust approach against better pitching but has natural skills to be a solid-average hitter. Grade – 30/50
Power: Can sting line drives but lacks loft to drive the ball out of the park. Doubles hitter with slim chance for average power. More likely to produce 25-plus doubles and 10-15 home runs at his peak. Additional strength in upper body could boost the home run total slightly. More valuable as a gap-to-gap hitter. Grade (raw power) – 30/40
Arm: Easy plus raw arm strength. Can make all throws required of a shortstop. Can throw from all angles with zip and accuracy. Good carry from deep in the hole. Gets rid of the ball quickly with plus velocity on his throws. Grade – 60/60
Fielding: Very good defender. Exceptional footwork with tremendous first-step quickness and range. Understands pre-pitch positioning and excels at it. Moves very well to both sides. Soft hands with good extension up the middle and a good backhand in the hole. Max-effort defender with plus-plus baseball IQ that helps his raw skills play up a tick. Rare college shortstop that can stick there as a pro. Improved focus on each play will help avoid silly errors. Grade – 50/60
Speed: At least an average runner with occasional home-to-first times in the plus range. Can use speed in game situations thanks to plus-plus instincts and a good feel for the game. Has the body type to maintain speed long term and should be at least an above-average raw runner with some play up off that grade due to instincts. Grade – 60/60
Summation: True baseball rat. Incredible instincts in the field and on the bases. Grinder type with better tools than you’d expect. Has tools to play shortstop at the MLB level. Needs to improve hitting approach and pitch recognition. With said improvements, could be a .280 hitter that can handle the bat and drive the ball into the gaps. Potential #2 hitter with a touch of speed and pop in his game. Overall profile plays up because of long term defensive projection and value at a premium defensive position. Excellent makeup. Potential average to slightly above-average Major League regular.
Relative Risk: Moderate. Defensive ability and speed give him premium value and more margin for error. Offensive game will require some development and therefore results in some moderate risk in his profile.
Draft Projection: One of the top college position players in the draft. Should go in the top 20 picks and has a chance to be a top ten pick by a team that really values his premium defensive profile.