2012 Draft Scouting Report: Deven Marrero

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at shortstop, Deven Marrero.

Name: Deven Marrero
Position: Shortstop
School: Arizona State
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 194
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Team USA, Cape Cod League


Physical Description

Marrero is a strongly built, plus athlete. He's well proportioned and has strong lower half. He's not going to gain much mass going forward, and is already where he should be physically in order to be a big league shortstop.

Hitting

His game won't be defined by his offense, but Marrero proved over the summer that he could handle the wood bats. He has an extremely mature approach and a compact swing that will translate beautifully at the next level. He hits from a strong base and his balance is outstanding as a result. Marrero is going to make a lot of contact as a professional and squares the ball up as consistently as any college player in the 2012 draft class.

Power

Marrero is not a huge power threat. He figures to be a gap hitter at the next level, but his fast bat will allow him to hit the occasional long ball. He's a 10-15 home run type player most likely. What he will give a team is consistent gap hitting threat.

Fielding

A masterful defensive talent, Marrero's value will always be in the field. Not only does he have the strong arm, the hands, and the range to be an elite Major League shortstop, but he plays the mistake free baseball that defines gold glovers. He makes all the routine plays as well as the spectacular ones.

Speed

Marrero has plus speed, and eventually that speed will show up more in the stolen base department. He's still learning to be a true base stealer, and he has the aptitude and raw speed to steal 20+ bases in the big leagues.

Summation

There are more exciting offensive talents in the 2012 class than Marrero. What he gives a team, however, is a very sure bet to be an everyday player at shortstop with elite defensive capabilities.

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