Deven Marrero

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Deven Marrero
Deven Marrero in 2017 (36546030603).jpg
Marrero with the Boston Red Sox
Miami Marlins
Born: (1990-08-25) August 25, 1990 (age 28)
Miami, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 2015, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.197
Home runs5
Runs batted in37

Deven Sommer Marrero (born August 25, 1990) is an American professional baseball infielder in the Miami Marlins organization. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Early years[edit]

Marrero graduated from American Heritage School, a private school in Plantation, Florida.[1] He enrolled at Arizona State University, and played college baseball for the Arizona State Sun Devils. As a freshman at Arizona State in 2010, he had a .397 batting average with 42 runs batted in to earn a spot on the Collegiate Baseball First Team Freshman All-American squad as well as All-Conference honorable mention honors. In the 2011 season, he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Conference first team, all while hitting a .313 average.[2] Marrero was selected 24th overall by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2012 MLB draft.[3]


Minor leagues[edit]

Marrero began his professional career in 2012 with Single-A Lowell Spinners of the New York–Penn League, where he posted a .268/.358/.374 slash line with 19 extra-base hits, 45 runs and 24 stolen bases in 64 games.[2]

Entering 2013, Marrero was ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Red Sox' minor league system. He was invited to spring training, becoming the first Red Sox position player to attend spring training the season following the year he was drafted, since Scott Hatteberg in 1991 and 1992.[4] He began the 2013 season with the Salem Red Sox and was promoted to the AA Portland Sea Dogs after hitting .256 over 85 games.[1]

Marrero began the 2014 season with Portland and, after hitting .291 over 68 games, he was promoted to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. He hit .210 over 50 games with Pawtucket.[1] Following the 2014 season, Marrero was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year.[5]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

The Red Sox promoted Marrero to the major leagues on June 25, 2015.[6] He made his major league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 28 at second base after Mike Napoli was ejected in the second inning.[7] Marrero hit his first major league home run off of Caleb Cotham of the New York Yankees on September 28, 2015.[8] During the 2015 season, Marrero appeared in 25 games with the Red Sox, batting .226 with one home run and three RBIs.

Marrero spent most of the 2016 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .256 with six home runs and 29 RBIs in 102 games. He appeared in 13 major league games, batting .083 without a home run or RBI.

Marrero took part in a four strike-out inning, which took place on July 18, 2017; pitcher Mike Bolsinger of the Toronto Blue Jays struck out Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. (who advanced to first on a wild pitch), Christian Vázquez, and Marrero.[9] On August 24, 2017, Marrero was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the Red Sox acquired Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics.[10]

During the 2017 season, Marrero played in 71 games for the Red Sox, hitting four home runs with 27 RBIs and a .211 batting average. He appeared in one playoff game, starting at third base in Game 2 of the 2017 ALDS against the Houston Astros, striking out in both of his plate appearances before being lifted for a pinch hitter.[11]

In his three years with the Red Sox, Marrero appeared in a total of 109 regular season games, batting .208 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On March 24, 2018, the Red Sox traded Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later (Josh Taylor) or cash considerations.[12] The Red Sox received LHP Josh Taylor as a PTBNL.[13] With the Diamondbacks, Marrero was involved in a rare occurrence on April 14—in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit a ball over the left-center outfield fence with two men on base, but was ruled out for passing the runner at first base (Alex Avila); as a result, Marrero was credited with a single and two RBIs, rather than a home run and three RBIs.[14]

On August 7, 2018, Marrero was activated off the disabled list and immediately designated for assignment.[15] He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.

Miami Marlins[edit]

On December 3, 2018, Marrero signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.

Personal life[edit]

Deven Marrero is the nephew of former major league player Eli Marrero[citation needed] and the cousin of professional baseball players Chris Marrero and Christian Marrero.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Baseball Reference – Deven Marrero minor league statistics
  2. ^ a b "Boston Red Sox prospects".
  3. ^ – Draft prospect Marrero a maestro at shortstop
  4. ^ – Marrero headlines Red Sox's 19 non-roster invitees
  5. ^ Doyle, Ricky (September 27, 2014). "Prospect Deven Marrero: 'I Want To Be The Derek Jeter Of The Red Sox'". New England Sports Network. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  6. ^ Britton, Tim (Jun 25, 2015). "Red Sox demote Joe Kelly, Pedroia to DL in flurry of roster moves". The Providence Journal.
  7. ^ "Boston Red Sox 5, Tampa Bay Rays 3". Retrosheet. June 28, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Galanis, Sam (September 28, 2015). "Deven Marrero Smacks First Major League Home Run In Red Sox's Win (Video)". NESN.
  9. ^ "Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 4". Retrosheet. July 18, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2018. RED SOX 13TH: Moreland struck out; Bradley struck out but advanced to first on a wild pitch; Vazquez struck out; Marrero struck out
  10. ^ Trezza, Joe. "Red Sox option Devin Marrero to AAA". MLB. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "Houston Astros 8, Boston Red Sox 2". Retrosheet. October 6, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "D-backs acquire INF Marrero from Red Sox". March 24, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Adams, Steve. "Red Sox Acquire Josh Taylor From Diamondbacks". MLB Trade Rumors. MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  14. ^ Boren, Cindy (April 15, 2018). "'I definitely owe Deven': Baserunning blunder robbed player of a homer". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Diamondbacks designate infielder Deven Marrero for assignment". Arizona Sports. August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  16. ^ McCarthy, Emily (June 9, 2016). "Marrero cousins teaming up for Pawtucket". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 24, 2018.

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