With Mac Williamson (quadriceps) and Mike Morse (hamstring) suffering injuries this week, Marrero has moved into the conversation for a bench role, CSN Bay Area reports. Marrero was already making the decision hard for Giants management this spring, batting .302 and leading the club with six home runs. Now that two of the veterans ahead of him on the depth chart have gone down to injury, the 28-year-old has a better shot at making the cut. Manager Bruce Bochy has taken notice, stating that "[Marrero] plays first base, outfield, he's a right-handed bat. Chris is just doing all he can. It's been a great spring." The one aspect of the slugger's game that may hold him back in the minors is his outfield defense, something the natural first baseman has been working on in camp. If Marrero makes the Opening Day roster, he would be used primarily as a bench bat and see the occasional start in left.
Marrero went 1-for-2 with a walk-off, two-run homer in Wednesday's 6-5 win over Team Puerto Rico. The home run was Marrero's fourth of the spring, leading all Giants by two in that category. The 2006 first-round pick wasn't expected to compete for a roster spot, but he has forced the club to at least consider him with his recent power surge. Marrero will find it hard to make the team as a first baseman, but he has been working out in the outfield during pre-game drills and reportedly has a strong arm from the outfield. He would need to log some game action out there before being considered a legitimate option, but at the very least, Marrero has put himself on the map with the power-starved Giants.
Marrero started Thursday's split-squad game at first base and went 1-for-4 with his second homer of spring training. The slugging first baseman has gotten off to a hot start with the Giants, smacking two homers and driving in seven runs in 14 at-bats. Marrero has intriguing power potential (.284/.344/.494 with 23 homers with Triple-A Pawtucket last year), but he currently does not have a path to the majors with Brandon Belt and Conor Gillespie expected to make the 25-man roster. He should start the year with Triple-A Sacramento and be called upon if an injury opens up a spot during the regular season.
Marrero signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Marrero has bounced between organizations since being outrighted by the Nationals at the end of 2013, spending time with the Orioles, White Sox, and Red Sox, but hasn't broken into the majors since 2013. He's coming off a strong season with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting .284/.344/.494 with 23 homers, so the Giants could have a use for him if they find themselves needing a right-handed bat off the bench.
The Orioles announced Sunday first baseman Chris Marrero was sent to minor-league camp. An oblique injury has kept Marrero sidelined this spring.