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Boston Red Sox: Marcelo Mayer hits first career professional home run

Red Sox top prospect Marcelo Mayer hit his first career professional home run on Saturday. The 18-year-old went 2-for-6 on the day, including his three-run home run. Coming into play today, Mayer was only hitting .182 (4-for-22), with a .308 on-base percentage, one double, one RBI, three runs, four walks and six strikeouts in six games. Incredibly small sample size for Mayer who is ranked the No. 9 overall prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline’s latest rankings.

The Red Sox made their long awaited No. 4 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.  The club selected Eastlake High School short stop Marcelo Mayer.  The projected potential first overall selection slid to the Red Sox after Henry Davis, Jack Leiter and Jackson Jobe all went one through three.

While there maybe disappointment within the Red Sox fan base for not landing Leiter, Mayer is a very good consolation prize.

Major excitement for Marcelo Mayer in Boston

He mashed 14 homers and batted .392 (38-for-97) in 34 games for Eastlake High this past spring. Mayer has never considered himself a power hitter while growing up but focused more on becoming a pure hitter. “For me personally, I didn’t have much power (growing up),” he said. “And my dad taught me to be really good going to the opposite way, which really taught me to be a good, pure hitter. And as I started growing and getting stronger, it’s really when the power numbers started coming.”

Red Sox amateur scouting director Paul Toboni spoke highly of his clubs newest prospect.  The Red Sox didn’t expect Mayer to fall to them. “I think this outcome is one that everybody’s really excited about,” said Toboni.

The Red Sox war room was certainly excited. As the Tigers were on the clock, word was beginning to spread that Jobe was going third.  Once that was a reality, the Red Sox were ready to take Mayer.

“It’s funny, there was like a slow trickle of excitement that worked around the room where scouts were getting notifications probably from friends or whoever it might be.  It was cool to see, because there was genuine excitement on everyone’s face,” said Toboni.

– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)

Feature image courtesy of Boston.com / John Tlumacki

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