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#26

1B/LF

José Marmolejos

José Ramón Marmolejos Díaz

Height: 6'2"    Weight: 239

Bats/Throws: Left / Left

Born: 01/02/1992 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Family: Daughter Mía

Acquired: Signed as a minor-league free agent (11/27/2019)

Salary: Not available

MLB Debut: 07/24/2020

Free Agent after: 2025 season

For a time, José Marmolejos seemed poised to help a franchise with zero pennants make it to the World Series. In 2011, at age 18, he was signed as a free agent by the pennantless Washington Nationals, worked his way up through the system, and finished the 2019 season with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, where in 101 games he hit .316/.366/.545 and was voted the team’s “Hitter of the Year.” You’d think that would rate a cup of coffee, but the Nats played on without him, then went to the World Series without him, and of course won it all. That December, granted free agency, he signed with the M’s and made his MLB debut on the oddest Opening Day ever: July 24 of our pandemic year. For the season, he hit in the low .200s but showed some pop: nearly half of his 22 hits were for extra bases, including his first homer, July 30 at Anaheim, and his first Grand Salami™, August 27 in San Diego. Traditionally a first baseman, he spent most of last season in left field, looking somewhat uncomfortable. One assumes in 2021 he’ll be a backup at 1B and DH, as well as muscle off the bench. So is he again poised to help a franchise with zero pennants make it to the World Series? Would be nice, but at this point we’ll just take the postseason.

EL, 3/21/21