A devastating slide into homeplate ended the former first round pick's 2008 season in late June as he broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his right ankle. Up to that point, Marrero bat was just beginning to heat up after a slow start in April. Marrero ended up hitting .250 with 11 HR and 38 RBI in 70 games. When healthy, Marrero has a quick swing with good balance and leverage that produces light tower power that could translate to 30-40 HR potential in the major leagues. He has been lauded as being a hard worker and intelligent hitter who is always seeking to make adjustments. Marrero chased fewer pitches out of the zone last season, cutting back his strikeout rate, though he still needs to hone his ability to work counts and draw bases on balls. Marrero's slow foot speed and marginal athleticism forced the Nationals to shift him to 1B last season and, while it does not effectively utilize his strong arm, it seems to be an appropriate destination for him.
2009 Projection: The injury derailed Marrero's fast track progress, but don't be surprised to see him begin the '09 season with AA Harrisburg. Reports from Nationals camp regarding Marrero's recovery are quite positive and things seem to be all systems go for him this spring. Nevertheless, his health should be monitored closely as this was a major injury. Beyond that, take notice of how Washington decides to address their void at 1B. As it stands now, Nick Johnson is the opening day 1B, but there have been murmurs that the Nats would like to make an upgrade with a free agent who provides more power than Johnson. If they go that route, Marrero's path to the major leagues will be delayed. If not, he has an outside shot of being a September call up.
Key Chris Marrero Baseball Cards:
- 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft
- 2006 Bowman Heritage
- 2007 Bowman's Best Auto
2012 National Treasures Gold 4 Color Jersey Patch Auto Chris Marrero RC 3/25
2008 Just Minors Stars Glossy 1/1 Chris Marrero Auto Silver Edition Nationals
Jake Fox * Chris Marrero * Kyle Blanks * Rookie Autograph BGS Auto RC #/5