Written by Thomas Joyce on July 12, 2014 | Yawkey Way Report
Danny Mars: Flying Under the Radar
LOWELL, Ma. – Ranked 338th on the Baseball America top 500 prospect list, the Boston Red Sox snagged outfielder Danny Mars in the sixth round. The Chipola College prospect was rated low mostly because he played at the Junior College level, but he still tore up the competition nonetheless. In fact, his teammate Ian Rice, whom the Red Sox also drafted, was ranked higher, but he has yet to sign with the team. Unlike Rice who Boston drafted in a late round, the Red Sox offered Mars slot money, so he quickly signed with the Red Sox and reported to Lowell for his pro debut.
In nine games for the Lowell Spinners this year, Mars is tearing the cover off the ball. Known as a contact hitter, Mars is hitting a whopping .405 in 37 at-bats while boasting a .450 OBP. To put it this way, Danny Mars is definitely doing his part and then some for the team. He is a switch hitter who hits much better from the left side of the plate, so eventually he might stop hitting righty all together.
On defense, Mars, who is an outfielder, can play all three outfield positions, although center field is his preference. He definitely has what it takes to stick in center field given his speed and athleticism. With this being said, Mars is also the type of guy who could potentially be a serious threat on the basepaths in the future.
Right now, it is clear that Danny Mars is a legitimate prospect despite whatever he was ranked. In the sixth round, Mars was a steal for Boston and has a chance to really make a name for himself. In the future, Mars has what it takes to be a lead-off hitter and other teams will be jealous that they did not draft him. As for this year, Mars will likely get a promotion to Greenville at some point if he keeps up what he is doing, putting him in a great position for a breakout 2015 season.
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