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Phils nab college shortstop Marrero in Round 7

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Alabama State hadn't had a player drafted since 2002, but that has changed with the Phillies' seventh round-selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Emmanuel Marrero hit .332 in 190 at-bats as a junior this season. The Puerto Rican-born shortstop is a switch-hitter who's better as a right-hander, and won't provide much power. While the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year will be more suited as a bottom-of-the-lineup hitter as he begins his professional career, he's been a star in the field at Alabama State.

Alabama State hadn't had a player drafted since 2002, but that has changed with the Phillies' seventh round-selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Emmanuel Marrero hit .332 in 190 at-bats as a junior this season. The Puerto Rican-born shortstop is a switch-hitter who's better as a right-hander, and won't provide much power. While the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year will be more suited as a bottom-of-the-lineup hitter as he begins his professional career, he's been a star in the field at Alabama State.

Says MLB.com's scouting report: "Marrero has all the tools to play shortstop in the big leagues. He has smooth actions, quick hands and a strong, accurate arm. Though his pure speed doesn't grade as better than average, he still offers plenty of range at shortstop."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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