“We’re looking at at least four weeks of no activity,” Potomac manager Randy Knorr said.
The high Class A Potomac first baseman ranked as the Nationals’ top prospect entering the season and has hit .250/.325/.453 in 256 at-bats. Marrero had been in the midst of a good stretch of hitting in his last 13 games, raising his OPS 74 points in that stretch while hitting .378/.420/.689 in 49 plate appearances.
Taking into consideration the context of his age and his environment, Marrero’s season has been a good one. At 19, Marrero is the second-youngest player in the league, older than only Frederick (Orioles) third baseman Billy Rowell. Despite being so young, Marrero has been an above-average hitter relative to other Carolina League players who have played the majority of their games at first base this season.
|CAROLINA LEAGUE FIRST BASEMEN|
|Other CL First Basemen||.257||.327||.418||.745|
The ankle injury will set back Marrero’s development as he misses playing time and works to regain his health, but he’s already ahead of the curve.