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June 5, 2018 at 5:16 PM

Red Sox select Elih Marrero with their eighth-round pick

With their eighth-round pick (250th overall) the Red Sox selected Elih Marrero, a catcher out of St. Thomas University (Fla.). His father is former Major Leaguer Eli Marrero, and he is cousins with former Red Sox first-round pick Deven Marrero and former PawSox first baseman/outfielder Chris Marrero.

The Miami native was previously selected by the Reds in the 29th round of the 2015 draft out of Coral Gables High School after being named a Perfect Game USA Second Team All-American and being ranked 124th on Baseball America's list of top draft prospects. He then committed to play at Mississippi State University. While he was the team's starting catcher his freshman year, he hit only .233 over 150 at-bats. In his sophomore season, he played only four games before missing the rest of the season due to off-field issues.

Marrero transferred to St. Thomas, where this season he hit an impressive .370/.438/.593 with 9 home runs, 24 doubles, 80 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 246 at-bats. His team went on to finish the season 22-2 in conference and 56-9 overall, good for second place in the Sun Conference of the NAIA.

Photo Credit: Elih Marrero by St. Thomas University (Fla.).

Will Woodward is a Co-Owner and Senior Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter @SPWill.