Marrero sent to Minor League camp

The Nationals sent first baseman Chris Marrero to Minor League camp Thursday afternoon. He is expected start the season with Triple A Syracuse.

Marrero wasn’t surprised by his demotion because Washington signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal this past offseason.

Marrero had an impressive Spring Training witgh the big club, going  8-for-21 [.381] with three RBIs. But what caught the eyes of many was Marrero’s dramatic improvement on defense. Manager Jim Riggleman often raved about Marrero’s range around the bag.

Before Spring Training started, Marrero had a reputation of being a below-average defender. Marrero has made 54 errors in 3,124 chances during his Minor League career. 

“I knew I wasn’t going to make the team because we have a great guy in LaRoche playing first base,” Marrero said. “But I know wherever I go, I’m going to have that confidence that I can hit in the big leagues. I’m going to take advantage of it, work hard and have it in my head. My goal is to be in the big leagues.”       

Said Riggleman, “He is a really good right-handed hitter. He is really looking like a player. I think he is going to have a nice career as a first baseman in the big leagues. So he is in a good place. He will get to Triple A this year and get after it.”        

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