Marrero with the Orix Buffaloes
|Orix Buffaloes – No. 12|
|Outfielder / First baseman|
|Born: July 2, 1988|
|MLB: August 27, 2011, for the Washington Nationals|
|NPB: June 9, 2017, for the Orix Buffaloes|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2017 season)
|Runs batted in||16|
|NPB statistics |
(through 2019 season)
|Runs batted in||90|
Christopher Marrero (born July 2, 1988) is an Cuban-American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played for the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants.
A 2006 graduate of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami, Florida, Marrero was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 15th overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft and signed for a bonus of $1.625 million. Marrero and former teammate Gio González briefly played together during their high school years at Monsignor Edward Pace High School when Gonzalez transferred there in 2004.
Marrero spent the 2006 season with the GCL Nationals, Washington's affiliate in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. In 2007, he played on Potomac Nationals, a high A team where he hit third spot and played first base. He began the 2008 season with the extended spring training team from the Washington Nationals and eventually ended up playing for the Potomac Nationals again. His second minor league season was cut short when he suffered a broken right fibula on 18 June 2008.
Marrero was called up to the majors for the first time on August 27, 2011. He was outrighted off the Nationals roster on October 24, 2013.
Marrero signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on December 10, 2013.
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
On August 14, 2015 the Boston Red Sox signed Marrero to a minor league contract. He started 2016 with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, where he won the International League Home Run Derby, and also earned MVP honors in the league's 4–2 victory over the Pacific Coast League at the Triple–A All-Star Game. He played the 2015 and 2016 seasons with his cousin, infielder Deven Marrero.
San Francisco Giants
On November 10, 2016, Marrero signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. After a strong spring training, he was named to the Giants' 25-man opening day roster for 2017. On April 14, 2017, he hit his first major league home run off Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies. He was designated for assignment on April 24.
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