Acquired: 2014 sixth round draft choice out of Chipola College (FL)
Bats: Both Throws: Right
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195
Scouting Report: Line drive hitter with little power potential. Plus speed, gets out of the box rapidly. Plus defensive outfielder who can play all three slots but best suited for center field for ability to cover ground and below average throwing arm.
Outlook: Developing prospect out of the same junior college that produced Russell Martin and Jose Bautista, Mars has shown steady improvement from a .667 OPS in 2015 at Low A Greenville to a .754 OPS in 2016 at High A Salem. He might have trouble breaking into the Red Sox outfield in the near future due to the success of the current group. Should try to develop base stealing ability as he swiped 31 in just 108 games in 2016. Still a year away from Rule 5 eligibility so there is time to evaluate is value to the organization. Like Dubon, Mars had a blistering second half posting a .331/.383/.461 batting line.
AFL Goals: Missed some time in his development in 2015 with a hand injury, so his AFL slot is a way for Mars to get more reps to further his development. Adding on to his strong second half would be well-received by the team. 212 games in four pro seasons is not a lot, so surely an increase to his workload will be part of how the team evaluates him going forward. Players need to show they can handle the rigors of a full season so a good showing in Arizona will surely help his stock in the organization.
Stay tuned to BoSoxInjection.com as we head into an offseason from a strong Red Sox season, spoiled by a quick playoff exit.