BOSTON -- The Pawtucket Red Sox announced Wednesday that shortstop prospect Deven Marrero had been promoted from Double-A Portland.
Marrero was the Red Sox's first pick (No. 24 overall) in the 2012 draft out of Arizona State. Though the most projectable aspect of his game was -- and still is -- his glove, he has performed well at the plate this season with the Sea Dogs. In 268 at-bats, he's posted a .291 batting average and a .804 OPS with 19 doubles and five homers.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was asked that if he saw a soon-to-be major leaguer when he watched Marrero in spring training this year.
"As a defender, yes. Right now," Farrell said. "A polished college defender. The development needs were still on the offensive side. Clearly that's taken place through the first half of the season in Portland."
The Red Sox also promoted righthanded pitcher Miguel Celestino from Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 6-foot-6 righty reliever had 34 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings for the Sea Dogs.