Baseball America moves on to their South Atlantic League Top 20. Chris Marrero checks in at #5 and Justin Maxwell at #18. A sample …
Marrero … Marrero may have been the purest hitter in the SAL this season. He showed tremendous power to all fields while displaying impressive patience at the plate and the uncanny ability to put the barrel of the bat on the ball virtually every time he made contact. As a result, the ball jumped off his bat prior to his promotion to high Class A in mid-June. “He’s a great hitter who hits for average and power,” Hagerstown manager Tommy Herr said. “He’s not an all-around player just yet, and speed is not part of his game. But when he steps in the box, he performs because so far he has made the adjustments.”
Maxwell … After hitting just five homers in his 91-game pro debut, Maxwell finally started the same power he shows in batting practice during games. His swing can get long, leading to strikeouts, but he’s still productive. He uses his speed well in the outfield, where he saw time in center and left, and on the basepaths, where he was caught just eight times in steal attempts. “He’s one of the few true five-tool players you’ll see,” Herr said. “He does everything very well and he made a lot of improvements this season. He’s going to hit for a high average with some good power numbers and excellent defense. Justin could be a guy with 25 homers and 25 steals annually if he stays healthy.”
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