By Contributing Writer: Nick Stevens
It seems just like yesterday that the Bowie Baysox entered the 2017 season with a 15-hit winning performance against the Akron Rubberducks. Now, 88 games later, the Baysox sit tied atop the Eastern League Western Division standings at 47-42.
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The successes of Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays, Anderlin Rodriguez, David Hess, etc. are all well documented, but Baysox middle infielder Adrian Marin’s story is equally impressive.
Marin was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school in the third round of the 2012 draft. Now, in his sixth year in the Orioles’ organization and second full season in Double A Bowie, the 23-year-old Marin is having a career year.
After jumping from the Gulf Coast League to Delmarva in 2012, Marin appeared unphased as a 19-year old who just skipped Short Season A-ball. In 108 games for the Delmarva Shorebirds, Marin hit 4 home runs with 48 runs batted in and a .265 batting average. Over the next three seasons though, between Frederick and Bowie, Adrian hit just .232, .238, and .232.
Currently, Marin is slashing .297/.337/.375/.712 with 17 doubles, 3 triples and 26 RBI’s. He ranks third on the team in hits (88) and runs scored (46), tied for second in doubles, and is tied with Jay Gonzalez for the team lead in triples.
It appears that everything is starting to click for Adrian Marin in 2017.
His BABIP sits at .371, the highest of his career. The increase can be attributed to Marin focusing on hitting to the opposite field instead of pulling the ball. Just over 31% of Marin’s hits have been opposite field shots, a 5% increase from last season. His line drive and ground ball rates have also drastically increased, while his fly ball rate has decreased, especially his infield fly ball rate. To summarize, Marin has been making solid, successful contact all season.
While all of this has resulted in zero home runs for Adrian Marin this year, I am highly encouraged by the contact ability. Camden Yards is desperate for a contact hitter.
Marin is listed as a shortstop, but he has played 50 games so far at second base, where his defense has been much better. His .984 fielding percentage is nearly 20 points higher than his career high at shortstop. A full-time switch to second base could make his path to the majors a little easier.
With Johnny Giavotella being called up to Baltimore, there is a big void in the Norfolk Tides lineup at second base. I would imagine Robert Andino’s future is in jeopardy after he finishes his 50-game suspension for PEDs, leaving Sharlon Schoop as the main option at second base. While Garabez Rosa has spent 10 seasons in the Orioles’ organization and deserves the promotion after his tremendous season in Bowie, Rosa is 27 while Marin is still just 23 and has a promising future.
As every Orioles fan knows, expect no shortage of movement over the next two to three weeks as the trade deadline approaches and teams begin making their final push to October. Wherever Adrian Marin ends his 2017 season, I encourage you to keep an eye on his production here in the second half.
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