Marrero: 'I get to start my dream'

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Marrero: 'I get to start my dream'

BOSTON -- Deven Marrero will report to Single-A Lowell on Thursday. But first, he made a stop into Fenway Park before Boston's game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.
Marrero was drafted 24th overall by the Red Sox in this year's draft, and the shortstop from Arizona State signed with the organization earlier this week.
He showed up at Fenway, tossed on the red jersey, white pants, and navy blue Boston cap, and took batting practice and ground balls with the likes of Mike Aviles and Dustin Pedroia.
Being able to turn two with Pedroia -- even if it is in a practice setting -- was a special moment for Marrero. Both are now former Sun Devils. He even refers to Pedroia as a "legend." And as of Wednesday, Marrero will begin his journey to one day turn two with Pedroia in an actual game at Fenway Park.
"That guy's the best at what he does, and he does it the right way," said Marrero on Wednesday. "And for him to be at Arizona State, and for me to be at Arizona State, that's something that I would like to do. That's a dream come true right there, to play aside that guy up the middle, and to turn two with that guy. He's a great ballplayer, and that's someone that I want to be like, definitely."
Marrero said he hit a few balls into the monster seats during batting practice. But right now, he still considers himself a "gap-to-gap" hitter.
"My job is to get on base, steal some bags, and have fun with it," he said.
Marrero certainly had fun in his Fenway experience on Wednesday. But it wasn't his first. He took batting practice at Fenway last summer with Team USA.
This time though, he got to do it with the Boston Red Sox. And he's ready to begin his journey to getting back with them again.
"I'm just glad that I'm getting my career started," said Marrero. "Hopefully you see me up here soon to help this ball club win. That's my goal.
"It hit me when I signed that dotted line. It hit me then that it was official. And then in the locker room, seeing all the guys. And then walking out here and doing all this stuff. This is real now. I get to start my dream. And I can't wait."

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.