Until he arrives in the Major Leagues, shortstop Marcelo Mayer will be the must-watch player in the Red Sox’s farm system. He is currently the No. 7 prospect in MLB per MLB Pipeline. In a recent conversation with Mayer, the shortstop talked with MLB.com about his goals and his interests, among other things. Here is a sampling.
MLB.com: Coming out of last year, your first full pro season, what did you take both positive and negative?
Mayer: With it being my first full season, I think I did well for the most part. The biggest thing for me was just being able to stay on the field. Obviously, I had a wrist injury and a back problem. I spent the offseason making sure my body was in the best shape possible, and I’ll need to maintain that all season.
MLB.com: Did you learn anything from the injuries, and how to prevent them going forward?
Mayer: For sure. You just have to know that all the little things matter. It's not just on the field stuff. Off the field stuff is super important. Being in the weight room, the training room, all that stuff plays a big factor in you being able to perform on the field.
MLB.com: Just listening to you talk about the injuries, it seems like you almost took it personally.
Mayer: Of course I did. I’m a baseball player. This is what I love to do, and when I’m not able to play, it hurts a little bit.
MLB.com: You’re already getting a reputation as a leader, and you’re only 20 years old. What does that mean to you?
Mayer: It means a lot. It's just the type of person I am. I love being around people. I love my teammates, and I love the staff here. And I speak Spanish and English, which obviously is a huge help, so I'm able to get along with all the Americans and the Latin [Americans] as well. Spanish is my first language. We speak Spanish in the house. My mom doesn’t speak English.