Chris Marrero
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Marrero with the Orix Buffaloes
Outfielder / First baseman
Born: (1988-07-02) July 2, 1988 (age 34)
Miami, Florida
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 27, 2011, for the Washington Nationals
NPB: June 9, 2017, for the Orix Buffaloes
Last MLB appearance
April 23, 2017, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.232
Home runs1
Runs batted in16
NPB statistics
Batting average.243
Home runs33
Runs batted in90
Teams

Christopher Marrero (born July 2, 1988) is a Cuban-American former professional baseball outfielder and first baseman. He played for the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball (MLB) and for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). .

Professional career

Marrero with the Washington Nationals
Marrero with the Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

A 2006 graduate of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami, Florida, Marrero was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 15th overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft and signed for a bonus of $1.625 million.[1] Marrero and former teammate Gio González briefly played together during their high school years at Monsignor Edward Pace High School when Gonzalez transferred there in 2004.

Marrero spent the 2006 season with the GCL Nationals, Washington's affiliate in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. In 2007, he played on Potomac Nationals, a high A team where he hit third spot and played first base. He began the 2008 season with the extended spring training team from the Washington Nationals and eventually ended up playing for the Potomac Nationals again. His second minor league season was cut short when he suffered a broken right fibula on 18 June 2008.[2]

Marrero was called up to the majors for the first time on August 27, 2011.[3] He was outrighted off the Nationals roster on October 24, 2013.

Baltimore Orioles

Marrero signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on December 10, 2013.

Chicago White Sox

Marrero signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox on June 5, 2015, after starting the 2015 season with the Somerset Patriots. He was released by the White Sox on August 6, 2015.

Boston Red Sox

On August 14, 2015 the Boston Red Sox signed Marrero to a minor league contract. He started 2016 with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, where he won the International League Home Run Derby, and also earned MVP honors in the league's 4–2 victory over the Pacific Coast League at the Triple-A All-Star Game.[4] He played the 2015 and 2016 seasons with his cousin, infielder Deven Marrero.

San Francisco Giants

On November 10, 2016, Marrero signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[5] After a strong spring training, he was named to the Giants' 25-man opening day roster for 2017.[6] On April 14, 2017, he hit his first major league home run off Tyler Anderson of the Colorado Rockies.[7] He was designated for assignment on April 24.[8]

Orix Buffaloes

On May 24, 2017, Marrero signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball.[9] Marrero resigned with the Orix Buffaloes for the 2018 season.

On December 2, 2019, he became a free agent.[10]

Personal life

Marrero is the nephew of former major-leaguer Eli Marrero,[11] and has two other family members in professional baseball; his brother Christian Marrero and his cousin Deven Marrero.[12]

References

  1. ^ Barry Svrluga (June 27, 2006). "Marrero Signs On With the Nationals". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Top prospect out for season after leg injury". June 22, 2008. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Adam Kilgore (August 27, 2011). "Chris Marrero arrives with the Nationals". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  4. ^ Marrero caps magical week with MVP effort. MiLB.com. Retrieved on July 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Adams, Steve (November 10, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 11/10/16". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Haft, Chris. "Chris Marrero makes Giants' Opening Day roster". MLB.com. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Wagaman, Michael (April 15, 2017). "Chris Marrero hits 1st Major League homer". MLB.com.
  8. ^ Haft, Chris (April 24, 2017). "Giants No. 2 prospect Arroyo makes MLB debut". MLB.com.
  9. ^ "Chris Marrero to Sign with Japan's Orix Buffaloes".
  10. ^ "2019年度 自由契約選手". NPB.jp 日本野球機構 (in Japanese). Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Almeyda, Tony (June 27, 2016). "Braves rewind: Whatever happened to...Eli Marrero?". talkingchop.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  12. ^ McCarthy, Emily (June 9, 2016). "Marrero cousins teaming up for Pawtucket". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 24, 2018.