Despite just 64 games of pro ball under his belt, Deven Marrero has earned an invitation to Red Sox spring training this year.
The team’s first draft pick in 2012, Marrero played for the Lowell Spinners last season, where the 22-year-old shortstop hit .268 with a pair of home runs, 24 runs driven in and 24 stolen bases.
The promising start, matched with the Red Sox’ history with Marrero, was enough to warrant an invite.
“We haven’t taken a college position player that high in a while, but he’s a kid we’ve known for so long, back to high school,” general manager Ben Cherington explained to CSNNE.com. “Typically, it’s not something we do — bringing in a draftee from the previous draft into camp.
“But we felt in this case, we knew him well enough, that he’d been through a lot, played a lot of baseball — college, Team USA and played a premium position. We just want to get him exposed to the major league staff and we felt like it was appropriate to do it at this case.”
The Red Sox selected the Arizona State product with the 24th pick in June’s draft.
Marrero won’t be the only shortstop prospect in Fort Meyers, Fla., this spring. Xander Bogaerts, the organization’s top prospect, has also been invited. Bogaerts, 20, hit .326 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 23 games in Double-A Portland, after spending much of the year in Single-A with the Salem Red Sox.
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