Marcelo Mayer was anticipated by many to be the No. 1 choose within the 2021 MLB Draft, but the 18-year-old shortstop from Eastlake Excessive College in California one way or the other fell to the Pink Sox with the No. 4 general choice.
Whereas Mayer’s expertise is superb, there was one query he needed to reply immediately: How did the lifelong Yankees fan really feel about being drafted by his favourite group’s archrival?
Unsurprisingly, Mayer was shortly prepared to modify his allegiance.
“I am the largest Pink Sox fan of all time proper now,” he mentioned in an interview with ESPN.
Properly, that was straightforward. It isn’t a shock, although. In spite of everything, the slot worth of Boston’s No. 4 choose within the draft is about $6.7 million, so the Sox are set to provide Mayer a hefty payday.
Mayer was the consensus No. 1 prospect within the draft and solely slipped after the Pirates surprisingly chosen Louisville catcher Henry Davis No. 1 general. The 18-year-old shortstop has drawn comparisons to Corey Seager offensively and Brandon Crawford defensively.
Seager is without doubt one of the present shortstops who the lefty-hitting Mayer admires essentially the most, together with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Francisco Lindor.
“The trendy-era shortstops are extra of bat-first guys,” Mayer instructed the San Diego Tribune in late Could. “Tatis, Seager and Lindor can swing it, but additionally subject their positions with delight.
“I one hundred pc need to keep at shortstop. As a hitter, I’ve at all times had energy. As I’ve grown stronger, I actually began to faucet into that energy and elevate my sport.”
He’ll get an opportunity to try this in a Boston system that helped flip Xander Bogaerts into an All-Star and certainly one of MLB’s finest shortstops. As such, Mayer is proud of the place he landed regardless of his mini-fall.
“It was every thing I might have requested for,” Mayer mentioned on MLB Community. “It is one thing I’ll keep in mind for the remainder of my life.”