NORKIS MARCOS, SHORTSTOP
|Born: May 26, 2001
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2017, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Marcos was one of the Pirates’ more prominent signings in the 2017-18 international signing period. He has very good potential defensively at short, along with good speed and good size for the position.
Marcos just held his own at the plate in his debut, showing no power at all. He drew a lot of walks but also struck out a lot; he may need to get more aggressive as he moves up. He did very well at stealing bases. In the field he had 18 errors and an .898 fielding percentage at short, which isn’t really alarming for a 17-year-old in the DSL. He drew good reviews otherwise for his defense. Marcos played short nearly all the time, with four games at second.
Marcos was the principal shortstop in the GCL, although he also saw a little time at second. He struggled badly at the plate until August, when he put up a 333/356/474 line. The patience he’d shown in the DSL, though, dropped off sharply and he had major problems making contact throughout. He continued to show some speed on the bases.
Marcos has the defensive ability to move forward at short and also has at least some potential with the bat, including possibly some power. His success, though, is going to depend on whether he can make significant strides in getting the bat on the ball.
|2021: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $250,000
MiLB Debut: 2018
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2024
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 3, 2017: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.