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Friday, February 25, 2022

Scott Marabell provided early power at short-season; Saw five campaigns, made AA

Scott Marabell provided some early power for short-season Salem in 1988, but he did it from multiple positions, though the team hoped to settle him at catcher, The Salem Statesman Journal wrote.

For Marabell, his particular position in the field didn't concern him much, he told The Statesman Journal that July.

"It doesn't matter where I play as long as I'm hitting," Marabell told The Statesman Journal.

Marabell went on to hit in the Dodgers system over five total seasons. But he couldn't hit enough to get himself above AA.

Marabell's career began in 1987, signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent out of Jacksonville University in Florida.

Marabell started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .277 in 55 games there. He then moved to short-season Salem in 1988He hit .246 in 75 games at Salem.

He played 1989 at single-A Bakersfield, though he saw an abbreviated 16 games. He returned to high-A Vero Beach for 1990. He saw 89 games there and hit .266.

That May in 1990, Marabell hit two home runs in a 5-1 Vero Beach victory after a slow stretch, The Indian River Press Journal wrote.

"I was just trying to hit it hard," Marabell told The Press Journal of his second home run. "When your average is down and you're 1-for-3, you've got to try like hell to get that second hit."

Marabell then played 1991 at AA San Antonio. He got into 51 games and hit .217. That season marked his last as a pro.

Marabell has since settled in Florida and turned high school coach. Among his players was Billy Butler and his son, Connor Marabell. Connor Marabell spoke to about his dad in 2016.

"You always have to look at a pitcher and figure out what he's trying to do with you," Connor Marabell told "My dad played professional baseball, and he's been a big mentor in my life. He's always given me pointers. My dad always taught me to come to the park the same guy every day and to play the game hard."

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,850
Made the Majors:1,292-33.6%
Never Made Majors:2,557-66.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:323

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