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Ben Cherington: Deven Marrero drawing 'steady interest'

Rob Bradford
November 11, 2014 - 1:01 pm
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PHOENIX -- Whether by coincidence or design, Deven Marrero talk seems to be gaining steam with each passing day at the general managers' meetings. With Marrero excelling in the Arizona Fall League -- hitting .333 with a .446 on-base percentage as of Tuesday -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was asked about the status of the 24-year-old, former first-round pick. "There's just been steady interest," said Cherington of his young shortstop. "These things have a way of working themselves out, but guys who can play that position at a high level and produce a little offensively, those are valuable guys, they're good bets to have good major-league careers, so we like having them." Marrero was deemed major league-ready defensively by the organization during his spring training stint with the big league club. It was his offense which seemingly needed development, having hit .291 in 68 games with Double-A Portland before totaling just a .210 batting average in 50 games with Triple-A Pawtucket. "Because of who he's coming after, maybe he doesn't always get as much attention as some other guys that we have do, but he's had a very steady progression," said Cherington, citing Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts. "You can go back to this was a high-profile guy in high school, always a talented defender at Arizona State, he performed through the minor leagues, he performed in Arizona. A shortstop with really good defensive skills who's got some ability with the bat. We're glad to have him." (For Alex Speier's look at how Marrero might compare to Brandon Crawford of the World Champion Giants, click here.)

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