In this edition of Orioles101's Baltimore Orioles Player Profile Series, we hit the Minor League trail once again and take a look at the very talented 18 year old Adrian Marin.
Adrian was drafted by Baltimore in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Gulliver Prep. Marin has a great baseball mind to go with his good athletic frame (5'10'' 165 lbs) that has room for maturation and muscle building. He has a great glove at shortstop, but his defensive abilities and agility could plant him either at shortstop or center field as he has a great range, soft hand and plus arm strength. His swing is fundamentally sound, has good bat speed, eye coordination and can really sit back and recognize a pitch as he stays behind the baseball well. Although his approach at the plate needs some work, he is a good gap power type of hitter who can utilize his speed and base running ability for an extra base here and there.
Marin signed quickly enough after getting drafted to be able to get in 53 games of professional baseball in 2012. He played 47 games with the Gulf Coast League Orioles in rookie league ball where he compiled a .287 average with ten extra base hits, 13 RBI, and six stolen bases. He was also able to squeeze in six games with the low class-A Delmarva Shorebirds where he hit .286 with two RBI and two stolen bases in 23 plate appearances.
Adrian was kind enough to sit down with Orioles101 for an interview and respond to a few questions for our readers.
Orioles101: First let me just say thank you for taking the time to do this with us, and I know our readers are going to enjoy this. How did you react when Baltimore drafted you in the third round of the 2012 draft?
No problem, I was first very surprised that the Orioles picked me because I did not have any contact with them pre-draft, they gave me a call and said we are picking you next and I was overwhelmed with happiness because I've been working for that moment for so long.
I'm happy to be a part of this organization, I learned that the game is a lot faster and I have to be quicker with my feet defensively. Offensively, I have to get down earlier and recognize the pitches early, they throw a lot harder and have better command so I just have to be patient and work the count better.
Orioles101: Do you know where you will begin the 2013 season? Aberdeen? Delmarva? Frederick?
I have no idea, haha. I'm just going with the flow, do well in Spring Training and see what happens.
Orioles101: I hear you, who was your favorite team/player growing up?
My favorite team was the Texas Rangers and player was Pete Rose because he gave his 100% and hustles everytime.
Orioles101: My favorite type of players as well. I got to tell you, I was very impressed with how soft your hands are defensively, what sort of drills do you do?
Thanks, and I usually get on two knees on the infield grass with a small training mitt and my trainer hits me short hops for a period of time just using one hand, then I get back and catch a lot of groundballs using just one hand, then end practice catching them normally.
Orioles101: This question has been requested a lot by our readers, was it a tough decision to go straight into pro ball rather than going to college?
It took a lot of thinking but in the end, I know I made the right choice. It was always my dream to play and I wanted to start my professional career already, I love playing baseball and it's awesome to do it everyday. I also have four free years of school just in case.
Orioles101: Outstanding, just a couple more for you. What are you focusing on this offseason?
I am focusing on my strength and my flexibility as well, that combination can keep you real healthy. Also, my patience at the plate being a top of the lineup hitter, I need to find ways of getting on base.
Orioles101: Last one for you, who wins this year's Super Bowl?
The Denver Broncos, they've been my favorite team growing up.
Orioles101: They do look unbeatable right now. I just want to thank you again for taking the time to do this for us and best of luck in 2013 and beyond!
No problem and thank you, I appreciate it.
Orioles101 would like to thank Adrian for taking the time for the interview and responding to a few questions for our readers. He has a great future ahead of him and a good head on his shoulders to make it happen. I believe he will likely start the season with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, but with a good showing, I could see him getting as high as advanced class-A Frederick Keys by the end of the year.
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