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ASU Baseball: Former Sun Devil Deven Marrero Going to the Show

Former ASU shortstop Deven Marrero was called up by the Boston Red Sox Thursday to help fill Dustin Pedroia's absence.

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One Sun Devil out, another in.

Well, temporarily out at least.

Boston Red Sox second baseman and Arizona State alum Dustin Pedroia strained his right hamstring Thursday, landing him on the 15-day disabled list.

What Pedroia did not know however, was that his placement on the disabled list was an unconventional helping hand to a fellow Sun Devil.

Four years ago former ASU shortstop Deven Marrero signed with the Red Sox after being taken in the first round as the 24th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.

Today, Marrero will enter the oldest park in the nation as a major league baseball player for the first time in his career. Marrero got called up to the show Thursday, from the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The former shortstop has bounced around the minors for the past four years after having a stellar career as a Sun Devil.

Marrero set an ASU freshman record with a .397 batting average that led the team and earned First Team Freshman All American Honors from Collegiate Baseball his first year. He was one of two Sun Devils to ever be named the then-Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 after his sophomore campaign.

Marrero finished off his collegiate career with a First Team Pac-12 All-Conference Selection his junior year before being drafted the following summer.

While the Red Sox will rely mostly on Brock Holt to fill the immediate void, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Marrero may see some time at second base against left-handed pitchers.

Marrero maintained his highly acclaimed defensive status from college and was named the Red Sox Minor League Defensive Player of the Year after the 2014 season.  This season he is currently only hitting .241 for Pawtucket but posted 56 hits with ten doubles, 21 RBI, 30 runs and four homers.

Pedroia got his shot at the major leagues in 2006, after also going in the first round of the draft as a shortstop from ASU and spending a couple years in the minors.

Now it's Marrero's shot at the show and a chance for him to potentially populate the Red Sox bases with Sun Devils.