June 21, 1997
8th round, 2018
College: St. Thomas University
School: Coral Gables (FL)
Scouting Report Update (6.1.2020)
Undersized. Small, stocky frame. Athletic, minimal projection in body.
Hit: Starts open and vertical and utilizes a toe tap
timing device from the left side of the plate. From the right side, he
starts square and utilizes a leg lift timing device. Average bat speed.
Solid bat-to-ball skills and hand-eye coordination. Makes a lot of
contact. Strong knowledge of the strike zone. Swing is level, does not
elevate the ball that often. Will take a walk if he doesnít get anything
to hit. Has shown the tendency to pull off the ball, especially pitches
outside. Potential below-average hit tool.
No power potential. Lacks strength and swing lacks lift. Gap power at
Run: Average speed. Moves well for a
catcher. Good instincts, will steal a base when the opportunity presents
Field: Solid receiving skills. Athletic
for the position. Moves well behind the plate. Does a good job getting
down and blocking balls in the dirt. Potential above-average defensive
Arm: Average arm strength. Quick release
makes up for a lack of arm strength.
Son of 10-year MLB veteran catcher Eli Marrero. Spent two seasons at
Mississippi State. Didnít play much during sophomore year due to off-field
issues, then transferred to St. Thomas University. Signed for slot
immediately following the 2018 draft. Participated in the Fall
Instructional League in 2018 and 2019. Suspended for 50 games entering the
2020 season due to a positive test for amphetamines.
Summation: Projects as an organizational catcher. Best tools are
on the defensive side. Solid contact skills, but offensive profile is
limited by lack of power. Could carve out a role as a catcher who can move
between levels as needed when a team has a roster spot it needs to fill
for a stretch.