Shortstop Deven Merrero, taken by the Red Sox in the first round (No. 24 overall) of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday, said that he hopes to follow the same fast track to Boston that Arizona State predecessor Dustin Pedroia. Like Marrero, Pedroia was taken with the Red Sox' top pick in a draft, and after signing in 2004, he was in the major leagues to stay by the end of the 2006 campaign.
"I met Dustin a couple times. He trains out there at ASU and always comes by to alumni games. I met him a couple times, and it’s just awesome to have him as a guideline. He’s a great guy and a great one to follow," Marrero, 21, said in a conference call. "He’s a unique player. I'd like to put myself in his category and hopefully do what he did. Hopefully everything goes right and I get a chance to do what he did."
Marrero suffered a difficult season as a junior. Arizona State was banned from taking part in postseason play as a result of NCAA rules violations, and the shortstop admitted that he struggled with the reality that he could not compete for a championship. That may have played a part in his offensive struggles, as Marrero hit just .284 with a .340 OBP and .436 slugging mark as a junior.
"This is baseball. Everyone has their year and has their time. At the plate, there were some injuries. For me, it was just keeping my head straight and continue playing and having fun. I learned a lot of things, a lot of team things, and at the end of the day, we had a great season," said Marrero. "My offensive game is I’m a gap-to-gap guy. I felt that this year compared to my last two years, balls just weren’t getting through the infield. Guys were standing where my ball was landing. It’s just one of those things. All I can control is just hitting the ball, and from then on, the ball controls where it lands and all that. It’s just one of those things this year where I was focused, nothing really different happened with my swing. It happened to be I was hitting the ball hard at people. That’s just the way the game goes."
While his Arizona State season ended in some disappointment, as ASU finished two games out of first place in the Pac-12 regular season, Marrero said that he was elated to be taken by the Red Sox. He's become familiar with the New England sports landscape as a result of a couple of stints in the summer Cape League, and expressed excitement at becoming a part of the region's professional sports scene.
"That area up there is unbelievable. They love their sports. They have a great reputation for every sport — NFL, NBA and definitely baseball. It’s a great vibe up there. They all want to win and they want championships. Going up there and getting that feel for that at the Cape was awesome. All the people who come to the Cape games and understand these players here are the future. It was pretty cool," said Marrero. "I’m excited to be drafted by the Red Sox. It’s a great organization, and it’s really an honor."
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Mike Florio joined the program to discuss the Jets decision to release Tim Tebow, he said the situation is as disaster all around for the Jets and that the problems begins with owner Woody Johnson. Mike also said that he was disappointed with the Pats moving back in the first round.
One of the hardest working men in the biz, Mike Petraglia aka "Trags", sits down with Butch Stearns live in Foxborough to help break down all the latest Pats moves. He discusses his reaction to the trade in Round 1 and the guys those picks produced. Also, the boys talk about the decent trade the Pats made in acquiring LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay for Jeff Demps and a 7th rounder.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
Joe Castiglione talked with John Lackey after he picked up the W against the Twins. Lackey threw seven innings, and retired the 1st twelve batters of the game.
Dave O'Brien talked to John Farrell before the end of the Twins series. The Sox skipper said that Big Papi's success is no surprise given his work ethic.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Dale and DJ roll on with their puck talk and chat some more about the goalie matchup in this series, as well as the lack of a quality power play for both of these teams. In fact, DJ says the Rangers are even worse on the PP than the B’s! The guys also get into the resurgence of Milan Lucic and his deceptive speed and grit. Dale and DJ talk about the similar styles of play for these teams and look forward to Game 2.
Dale and DJ get into the two coaches and their polar opposite styles and demeanor. Both teams play a similar style, but the coaches certainly convey their messages in a different way. Dale isn't buying the Tortorella hype and thinks he's a little overrated. DJ thinks he's a good coach, but isn't a fan of anti-media stance. The guys also talk about Jagr and how he has not lived up to the hype. They weren't expecting him to light it up or be the savior, but DJ says he wasn't prepared for just how slow the aging veteran is. Another big topic for B's fans this season is the play of Tyler Seguin and why he has yet to become the superstar everyone anticipates he will be. This leads to Claude Julien's style and if he does actually have something against the younger players. That Iginla trade shows its ugly head again as well.
WEEI.com's DJ Bean joins Dale in studio for Sports Sunday to discuss the Bruins playoff run. Game 2 is later today and the guys discuss the results of the first game of the series. They get into the construction of the lines for the B's and if they would make any changes. DJ has a few ideas for the lines today. The boys also discuss the two goalies - Tuukka vs Henrik Lundqvist and wonder why people automatically think the Rangers have the edge at goalie. Finally, they get into the legacy and the decisions of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli.
Shawn joined the program to discuss another overtime win for the Bruins. When asked about Game 7 against Toronto, Thornton said that he would like to keep his specific comments in the dressing room private, but acknowledged that he encouraged Tyler Seguin to up his play and it paid off in overtime.
Barry joined the guys to help breakdown the Bruins overtime win last night in game one. Barry said that he has rarely seen a team dominate as much as the Bruins yet be forced to an overtime.
Boomer joined the program to discuss the tough loss for his beloved Rangers. Boomer told the guys that Lundqvist will be better in game two and predicted a seven game series.
Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Bartkowski has emerged as one of the young stars of the team and he joins Mut and Tom Caron to discuss his role on the team, why he's confident, and the trade that almost sent him to Calgary.
Millar joins the show to discuss the recent Sox slide, Jacoby Ellsbury's lack of power, and hitting in the big leagues.
Andy Brickley joins the show to discuss the Bruins Game 1 win over the Rangers, the play of the three young Bruins defensemen, and the fatigue Jagr has shown on the ice.
We talk all things game one with Jack Edwards of NESN, and get to hear a little from Jack's Finnish protege as well.
We tackle four topics we haven't yet touched upon today.. Joe Thornton and disappointing former Boston athletes, parking in Boston, buying jersey numbers and more...
We talk about the report that Rob Gronkowski may now be a candidate for back surgery with a disc problem. Is Gronk just an injury prone guy? Or is he not rehabbing proberly? Can the Pats build an offense around a guy who is so inconsistently on the field? We discuss.
The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
Daily Planet Wednesday May 8th
Today on the Daily Planet the Bruins take a 2-1 series lead, the Red Sox get a run-off win, and we hear about cannibals and bible thieves.
Sounds like a prostate exam to me!
Damn New Yorkers!
Sauce Man stylings!
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Buster Olney joins the show to discuss the muddled AL East, the average play of Ellsbury and how that will affect him in free agency, and Tropicana Field.More from this show
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