Marcelo Madrid is an extremely talented young batter who has the physical attributes of a true prep school athlete. The son of Puerto Rican immigrants, Marcelo was obsessed with playing ball as a very young boy. Although he only started playing professionally at age 14, he developed a high interest and devotion for the sport over the years. When he was invited to try out for the Dominican Republic’s national baseball team, Marcelo immediately fell in love with the game. He attended multiple showcases and participated in numerous tournaments, ultimately signing a pro contract with the Dominican Republic’s main baseball league.
|Real Name||Marcelo Mayer|
|Birth Date||12 December 2002|
|Age (as of 2021)||18 Years|
|Birth Place||Chula Vista, California, USA|
Following his impressive performance at the international level, Marcelo Mayer made a name for himself in the high school football program in California. Playing wide receiver and quarterback, he racked up varsity records as a junior and senior. In particular, his 5 total receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown during his junior season earned him All-Central Coast Conference first team honors. Later on, he also played wide receiver for the Trojan offense in the 2008 season, catching seven passes for a game record-tying career.
However, before you can know and appreciate the caliber of players that come from the Dominican Republic, you have to take into consideration their on field attitude and personality. Marcelo Mayer does not necessarily possess the greatest baseball skills or the best soccer skills, but he does exactly what every great player should: sweat and grind. And not only does he sweat and grind on the baseball diamond, he also sweats and grinds off the weight of a crushing strike in the outfield. After a hard day of throwing practice with the California Missions baseball team in January of 2009, he found himself standing on the mound for the first time – and suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
The Dominican Republic is a dangerous country to be a football player. The soccer team has been known to place players into poverty and force them to train their hardest in order to play. Even as a football prospect, you have to understand that playing the sport can be a life-threatening risk, especially if an injury happens. But what makes Marcelo Mayer even more intriguing as a prospect is that despite his torn shoulder and the attention that scouts are giving him, MLB scouts saw some potential in him that they felt was worthy enough to send him straight to the major leagues.
So why did the southpaw skip straight to the majors? Although scouts did see some potential in him as an amateur baseball player, it was said that his arm and baseball instincts were just not developed enough for him to be a successful baseball player in the U.S., Europe or Japan. scouts feel that this is where his true talent and ability to lie and believe that it is his versatility that will enable him to develop into a successful player in both the U.S. and internationally. Some feel that Marcelo’s decision to go straight to the majors was a personal choice but it does not change the fact that he was bypassed in the 2008 draft.
As far as his potential as an MLB player, there is a lot to like about Marcelo. Although he is listed at an above average height and weight for his size, his athleticism and baseball skills are very advanced for his age. Many scouts and baseball experts are impressed with how quickly he moves and how well balanced he is on both sides of the field. The scouting reports on him mentioned that he is extremely athletic, runs well, stealing bases, throwing the ball hard and has a strong arm. Many felt that he would need to develop some offensive skills before becoming a major leaguer but the mlb draft seems to bode well for Marcelo as he is being immediately placed in the majors and will most likely start at short-term right field position in 2009.