Eric Marinez Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: April 24-26, 2018
Team/Organization: Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Days after our observation here in late April, Eric Marinez was suspended for 80 games after reportedly testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance … Switch hitter with OK contact skills, some feel for the barrel with quick-twitch in his hands, but serious cold zone on inner half (both sides, particularly LHH) where pitchers can routinely bust him in without Marinez showing ability to keep hands in and make hard contact with authority; easy to move his feet back off the plate by going hard inside and then turning around with good command away to finish him off without much plate coverage in response. Easier for him to go oppo with pitch on outer half; fairly strong wrists there, not trying to do too much, feel for the barrel … Awkward/gangly runner; long legs, less coordination, almost looks like he’s still growing into his body right now even as a 22-year-old. Timed 4.37, 4.40 and 4.41 up the line (all LHH), with a 4.71 turn and an 8.38 home-to-second standing double. Below-average speed across the board, but a decent base runner; two smart but aggressive reads on balls in the dirt in this look, moved up 90 feet each time on shrewd eye/good situational awareness … Splits his time defensively between outfield and shortstop; not great top speed and lack of real first step quickness coupled with longer arm action may make him more valuable in the outfield than at short. Nevertheless, held his own at shortstop in my late April look here, showed off good arm strength and accuracy with some feel for fielding/throwing on the run; great spatial/situational awareness for where he was on the field at different times … Ultimately, the jury is still out on Eric Marinez, particularly after the untimely drug suspension that’ll cost him the majority of the 2018 season; perhaps it’s an easy expectation to grade him into a bench role (45 FV as a true platoon, or just 40 FV on the bench) because of his matchup capability and versatility, and that’s what I’ll do here for now. Hopefully I’ll get a deeper look at Eric Marinez in the season’s second half when he returns to action for Stockton.
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