No. 24: Sox pick ASU shortstop Marrero

The Red Sox picked Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero with their first pick of the 2012 MLB draft (No. 24 overall).

Of course, the last time the Sox picked an Arizona State shortstop (Dustin Pedroia, second round, 2004), things turned out fine.

Here's a breakdown of Marrero by ESPN.com Insider Jason A. Churchill:

Marrero entered the season as a potential top-10 pick, but struggled at the plate this spring. He can really play shortstop, however, and makes good contact with enough strength and bat speed to expect enough offense for him to profile at the big-league level. The Red Sox, who have Jose Iglesias on the brink of big-league readiness, add another middle defender to their system, continuing their trend that landed them Jacoby Ellsbury and Reymond Fuentes in years past.