The 21-year-old Marrero was the No. 1 draft eligible college shortstop according to Baseball America. He hit .325 (193-for-593) with 37 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs, 95 RBI, 102 runs, 45 walks and 32 stolen bases in 150 career games over three seasons with Arizona State, earning all-conference honors in all three campaigns.
The 6-1, 194-pound right-handed hitter was a First-Team Pac-12 All-Conference selection in 2012 after posting a .284 average (62-for-218) with 11 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 33 RBI, 38 runs, 18 walks and 11 stolen bases as a junior, starting 54 of the Sun Devils 56 games at shortstop. He was also a 2012 First-Team Academic All-District VIII selection and named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team.
As a sophomore in 2011, Marrero was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors. He set a Sun Devils freshman record with a team-leading .397 clip (62-for-156) in 2010 and was named a Collegiate Baseball First-Team Freshman All-American.
Last summer, Marrero was a Cape Cod League All-Star, hitting .326 (15-for-46) in his second season with the Cotuit club, and also led the Team USA National Collegiate Team with 19 hits and 14 RBI in 14 games. A native of Davie, FL, he earned All-State and All-County honors with American Heritage (FL) High School in Plantation, FL as a junior during the school’s state and national title-winning 2008 season, a team that included current Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer. He was selected by Cincinnati in the 17th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. Deven is the cousin of Chris Marrero, a first baseman in the Nationals organization, and Christian Marrero, an outfielder in the Braves system.
The Red Sox also announced today that they have signed right-hander Justin Haley, the club’s sixth-round selection, and center fielder Iseha Conklin, taken in the 19th round. Haley earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a junior at Fresno State in 2012 and was 8-4 with a 3.08 ERA (43 ER/125.2 IP) and 122 strikeouts in 31 appearances (17 starts) over two years with the Bulldogs. Conklin hit .393 (42-for-107) with 14 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 28 RBI and 27 runs in 37 games as a freshman at Iowa Western Community College in 2012.
Boston has now signed 14 players selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including nine of their first 11 picks over rounds one through nine. Please see attached release for a complete look at the Red Sox 2012 draft selections.