The Washington Nationals announced on Thursday that 2006 first round draft pick Chris Marrero has been outrighted to AAA Syracuse. That removes him from the 40-man roster and makes him a free agent.
As reported by James Wagner of The Washington Post, it was a disappointing ending to what was once seen as a promising future for Marrero. He has been plagued with injuries and hit only .125 in 16 at bats with the Nationals this season.
Drafted in 2006, Marrero became the Nationals’ 3rd best prospect behind Jordan Zimmerman and Ross Detwiler. Marrero made his Major League debut in August 2011 and showed some promise but injured his hamstring playing winter ball. By this spring Marrero impressed the organization with his increased power and renewed health, but was now behind Tyler Moore as backup first baseman.
In parts of two seasons, Marrero has a .232 batting average in 125 at bats. He has five career doubles, no home runs, four walks and eleven rbi’s.