For a team that almost never gets to draft in the top-10, the Boston Red Sox took advantage in the 2021 MLB Draft by selecting Marcelo Mayer with the fourth overall pick. While major league players are yet to report to spring training due to the lockout, Mayer is in the midst of rookie camp in Fort Myers – both on the diamond and in the weight room.
In a recent article for MLB.com, Ian Browne reports that Mayer has noticeably bulked up.
“A shortstop with huge upside in the field with his left-handed bat, Mayer has turned into a sturdy physical presence,” Brown said. “He was listed at 190 pounds when the Red Sox signed him. He is now 202 pounds.”
While it’s obviously early, Browne had some high praise, recently tweeting, “Marcelo Mayer might be the best all around prospect the Red Sox have drafted in years.”
Marcelo Mayer might be the best all around prospect the Red Sox have drafted in years. pic.twitter.com/XHRpRINpkN— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 6, 2022
Mayer’s potential is highly recognized throughout the sport as the No. 1 prospect in the Red Sox farm system and the ninth overall prospect in baseball, as ranked by MLB Pipeline. Despite the early expectation, Mayer recognizes that his work around the training complex will speak louder than his prospect ranking.
“I don’t think the selection of the pick I was chosen at is going to dictate if I make it or not,” Mayer said. “I think it’s going to be my hard work. I’m just here to keep my head down and keep working.”
Mayer got a taste of pro action last season, hitting .275 with an .817 OPS in 26 games of rookie ball in the Florida Complex League.
Mayer continues to work with other top prospects, such as Triston Casas and Nick Yorke, as Red Sox fans get a glimpse of the future while lockout issues carry on at the big league level.
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