It's official: first base prospect Chris Marrero has been called up to the Washington Nationals from AAA-Syracuse. The team made the announcement on Saturday afternoon, just before the expansion of the rosters for September.
Marrero is hitting .300 with 14 home runs, 69 RBI and a .375 on-base percentage in 127 games with Syracuse. While the Nationals certainly have gotten a big performance from first baseman Michael Morse this season, they do want to see what they have in Marrero, who was ranked No. 9 in the system by Baseball America leading into the season. Morse would move back to left field under such a scenario.
Marrero is expected to be the first of many September call-ups, but he will probably be the most significant, outside of Stephen Strasburg of course. Keep an eye on him going forward. Danny Espinosa made a name for himself in a September call-up last year. Perhaps Marrero will do the same.