Deven Marrero moves up to Double-A Portland

August 12, 2013 - 9:31 am

According to multiple industry sources, shortstop Deven Marrero -- the Red Sox' top first-round pick (No. 24 overall) in the 2012 draft -- will be promoted from High-A Salem to Double-A Portland on Tuesday. The 22-year-old went 1-for-4 with his second homer of the year for Salem on Sunday. He'€™s moved beyond an 0-for-15 rut to start this month by going 7-for-18 (.389) with six walks and three strikeouts in his last five contests, improving his season-long marks to .256/.341/.334. Given his experience as an elite college performer at Arizona State, the fact that he has posted a line score that fails to distinguish itself from the league-average offensive line (.254/.333/.381) represents something of a surprise. Though his offensive numbers appear modest, however, Marrero'€™s standing as one of the better position prospects in the Sox system is predicated more on his all-around game than on an offense-first profile. The 2012 first-rounder has 21 steals in 23 attempts and he'€™s looked excellent at short, committing just four errors in 85 games. There's plenty of room for offensive growth (though it is worth noting that Marrero has posted solid walk rates and strike zone management, taking a free pass in 11.2 percent of plate appearances with whiffs in 16.0 percent of plate appearances), but the overall maturity of his game would appear to lend itself to challenging Marrero at a higher level. News of the promotion was first reported by Will Woodward of