It's been a long road for Marrero

The Sports Xchange

More than five years after the Nationals drafted Chris Marrero, they will give the first baseman his first taste of the major leagues.

The team will call up the 23-year-old from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.) on Saturday, according to a Washington Post report, promoting the 14th pick in the 2006 draft a few days before he was likely to make his major league debut when rosters expanded in September.

Marrero, who was drafted as a third baseman before switching to the outfield, eventually landed at first base and has made improvements in the field -- not to the point where he'll win a Gold Glove, but certainly to the point where he won't be a liability. The Nationals have always loved his swing, and he hit .300/.375/.449 at Syracuse this season.

He will likely get the majority of playing time at first base in September, while the Nationals take a look at him and give Michael Morse playing time in left field, where he'll likely end up next season when Adam LaRoche returns.

As for Marrero, it's not likely he'll start next season in the majors unless LaRoche is traded or injured. But he'll finally get his shot to play in the big leagues starting on Saturday.

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