Red Sox add catcher Elih Marrero to spring training roster

The Red Sox have added catcher Elih Marrero to their spring training roster as a non-roster invitee, the club announced earlier Tuesday afternoon.

Marrero will be attending his first big-league camp. The 25-year-old was originally selected by Boston in the eighth round of the 2018 amateur draft out of St. Thomas University (Miami Gardens, Fla). He signed with the club for $157,700.

The son of former major-leaguer Eli Marrero, Elih spent the entirety of the 2022 minor-league season with Double-A Portland. The switch-hitter batted just .207/.319/.272 (72 wRC+) with 10 doubles, two home runs, 16 RBIs, 32 runs scored, 18 stolen bases, 39 walks, and 74 strikeouts in 79 games (289 plate appearances) for the Sea Dogs. His 18 swiped bags ranked tops among all catchers in the Eastern League.

From behind the plate, Marrero threw out 22 of 51 possible base stealers last year. Defense is Marrero’s calling card, as the 5-foot-9, 185-pound backstop is well-regarded for his blocking and receiving skills as well as a quick release, per his scouting report.

In Fort Myers, Marrero will join a catching mix that already includes Reese McGuire, Connor Wong, Jorge Alfaro, Ronaldo Hernandez, Caleb Hamilton, and Stephen Scott. Alfaro will temporarily be leaving the team to play for his native Colombia in the World Baseball Classic next month, so Marrero could help fill in there.

Marrero, who turns 26 in June, is projected to return to Portland for the start of the 2023 season, though he will almost certainly be gunning to make the jump to Triple-A Worcester before year’s end.

With the addition of Marrero, the Red Sox now have 63 players at major-league spring training. They will need to trim that number down to 26 by Opening Day.

(Picture of Elih Marrero: Kelly O’Connor/


Author: Brendan Campbell

Blogging about the Boston Red Sox since April '17. Also support Tottenham Hotspur.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: