How Marcelo Mayer Already Impresses Red Sox With Special Traits

The Red Sox prospect possesses both skill and will


January 25, 2022

Marcelo Mayer quickly has developed the foundation for what might be a notable career.

Boston Red Sox minor league coordinator Lance Zawadzki and director of player development Brian Abraham both praised the prospect’s mentality in a feature article The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey published Monday.

Mayer, whom the Red Sox selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, has played professionally for just six-plus months, but the leadership skills he displayed in his stint with Boston’s Florida Complex League squad impressed Zawadzki and Abraham.

“As good as he is as a baseball player when he walks in a room, whether he tries to or not, he just takes it over,” Zawadzki said. “Guys just gravitate toward him.”

Mayer’s ability to speak English and Spanish helps him connect with peers from a variety of backgrounds.

“There are a lot guys that are bilingual, but not everybody gravitates toward them,” Zawadzki continued. “So I think a big thing with him is character.”

Abraham also noticed the impact he had on his teammates in the FCL.

“He’s a natural leader,” Abraham said of Mayer. “Guys naturally gravitate to him, some of the young Latin American players who were there during instructional league as well as some of our domestic players, which is really special.”

Mayer grew up in the San Diego, Calif., area, where speaking two or more languages is common. He said being bilingual helps him serve as a unifier in the clubhouse.

“I’m able to get along with both of them and kind of unite them in a sense because there are kids that speak zero English and kids that speak zero Spanish,” Mayer said. “Being able to help them get along and interact with each other is pretty cool.”

As a supremely talented, high-profile prospect, it’s no surprise Mayer commands attention around the ballpark. Yet, he has demonstrated during the offseason a commitment to meeting the considerable expectations the baseball world has for him.

“With how good he’s been, it’d be a whole lot easier to say, ‘I don’t need it or we’ll see what happens,’ ” Zawadzki said. “But he’s really been eager to take his game to the next level.”

Mayer is on the cusp of his first professional season, and there’s no telling how far the traits Zawadzki and Abraham highlighted will take him.

Thumbnail photo via NESN/Tom Caron
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