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    2013 Number 14 Prospect Adrian Marin

    Written by Lee Tackett and Tony Pente

    #14  - Adrian Marin - SS
    Ht Wt  Bats Throws Born Draft
    6-0 165 R R  3/8/94 3rd round 2012

    Scouting Grades - Definitions

    Current 2 Most Likely 4 Ceiling 5
    Major League Target Date


    2013 Stats - Full stats

    Del 422 19 2 4 48 11 4 23 90 .265 .311 .356 .667 18.3 4.7

    Bio: The Miami native spent all of 2013 as Delmarva’s shortstop during his first professional season. Marin was one of the younger players in the South Atlantic League and ended the season hitting a fairly empty .265/.311/.356 and had some difficulty defensively. It was a rough year all around for Delmarva, and as the season progressed, there were reports of Marin appearing listless at times. Although he made it through the season generally healthy, the grind of professional baseball may have taken been an eye opener for him and should motivate him to continue to work to get stronger.

    Hitting/Running: At 6-foot-0, 165 pounds, Marin will likely never hit for much power, but he did show some gap-to-gap ability in 2013. He has a line drive approach and needs to improve getting to premium velocity on the inner half. Marin needs to continue to add strength so that balls to the gap can actually chase outfielders and turn into extra base hits. His bat path is sound through the zone, but has very little lift in his swing. The term “slap hitter” would be a little harsh, but Marin does not drive the ball very often and also doesn’t walk much, so his success or failure will be tied to his contact. He struck out in 21 % of his plate appearances against just 23 walks. For a player with Marin’s limited power potential and offensive skill set, this ratio is a significant red flag. Marin could add to his value with his speed, where he grades out as an above average runner, but only stole 11 bases. For someone with Marin’s speed and instincts, it is much more likely that he becomes a valuable player through his running rather than adding power.

    Defense/Intangibles: The Orioles will let Marin play shortstop for as long as they can and without any others in the system in front of him, that may be for a while, but there are major concerns about Marin’s arm strength. He moves well and has good range at shortstop, but has trouble making throws to his right in the hole. However, with his foot speed, he should settle in nicely at second. Marin didn’t seem overmatched by the Sally League, but faded down the stretch and will now have an experience to draw upon.

    Conclusion: As a third round pick, Marin’s assignment to Delmarva made sense despite his age. He may not have been physically ready for full season ball, but the alternative of sending him to Aberdeen would cost him valuable game experience. Marin needs to make strength gains in the offseason and make tweaks to his offensive game to better accentuate his strengths, namely stealing more bases when he gets on and improving his plate discipline. His future is likely will be over at second base or possible as a utility player due to his athleticism, but he will remain at shortstop as long as possible. The organization will most likely push him to Frederick to begin 2014.

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