The Red Sox did it! They actually did it. The organization nabbed the consensus number one pick in the 2021 Draft at number four! Marcelo Mayer, the flashy high school shortstop from Southern California wasn’t simply rated the best hitter in the draft but was also ranked as the best defender. Overall, Marcelo Mayer looks primed for superstardom.
Just Who Is Marcelo Mayer?
Scouts grade Mayer, on a 20-80 scale, as follows…
Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 60
Mayer has been compared to having a Corey Seager-Esque bat, with a Brandon Crawford-like glove. Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all. One of the stand-out aspects of Mayer’s game is his bat-to-ball skills, and having amazing plate discipline for an 18-year-old. Standing already at 6’3″, Mayer has the ability to add weight to his 188-pound frame, adding more power potential to his lefty raw powered swing.
Mayer was assigned to rookie ball after agreeing to a $6,664,000 signing bonus with the Red Sox. In five games and 22 at-bats to his professional career, Mayer is hitting .222/.364/.278, with a .641 OPS and a 90 wRC+.
What the Pipeline Has to Say
It came as a bit of a shock to most to see Marcelo Mayer debut in the top ten of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects. The Red Sox now has three prospects in the top 100, Mayer, Casas, and Duran. Downs, who was ranked in the top 100 in 2020, fell in the rankings after a subpar 2021 campaign so far at Triple-A Worcester. Downs is still young, at 22-years-old, and had not played more than a handful of games Double-A, before the pandemic canceled the 2020 MiLB season. There is still plenty of hope in Downs’ bat.
The Red Sox farm system is also now ranked number nine by Baseball America, after being ranked 20th the previous year, and boy, oh boy that is quite the jump! Chaim Bloom has done an amazing job after taking over the Front Office less than two years ago. The system has jumped, thanks in large part to signing Mayer, and watching 2020 draft picks, Nick Yorke and Blaze Jordan. Yorke especially has impressed, slashing .318/.409/.482 and a 143 wRC+ in Single-A, at only 19-years-old. There’s something special in Yorke’s bat too. The future of the Boston Red Sox is truly something to get excited about, trust the process, Red Sox fans.
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