Marlins Cam Maron Continues Dream To Make Majors
- Updated: February 24, 2017
I recently took a trip over to the Miami Marlins Spring Home in Jupiter, Florida, with my two sons to check out their workouts and watch our buddy Cam Maron battle it out for an opportunity to land on the big league roster.
Maron was drafted by the New York Mets in the 34th round of the 2009 MLB Amateur draft out of Hicksville, High School on Hicksville, NY.
The catcher quickly showed that he was mature beyond his years, especially coming straight from high school, as he hit .293 and .313 in 32 games between 2009 and 2010 with the Gulf Coast Mets (Rookie). Then in 2011, Maron was sent to the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) and in 58 games he batted .318 with three home runs and 24 RBIs.
In 2012, he was promoted to the Savannah Sand Gnats (Class-A Full Season) and batted .300, with five home runs and 47 RBI’s.
Maron’s consistent hitting prompted the Mets to continue moving him up through the system as he landed with the Port St. Lucie Mets (Class-A Advanced) for the 2013 season. In that season, his average dipped below .300 for the first time in his minor league career, but it was his work behind the plate that became an important aspect of his game, as he caught 74 games, and in the process helped to mold some of the soon to be top pitchers in the Majors. This list included, Matthew Bowman, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Fulmer, and Noah Syndergaard, just to name a few. That season the Mets won 71 games.
In 2014, Maron played another full season with St. Lucie and batted .282, with 15 doubles, three home runs and 50 RBI’s, and behind the plate he caught 96 games, while working with major leaguers Seth Lugo, Luis Cessa, Steven Matz, and Fulmer.
Prior to the 2015 season, during the winter of 2014, the New York Mets left Maron unprotected and the Cincinnati Reds drafted him in the Rule 5 draft (Triple-A Phase). The next season in 2015, he played with the Daytona Tortugas (Class-A Advanced) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Double-A), but was released by Pensacola on August 2nd. Then on August 7th he signed a free agent contract with the Texas Rangers and finished out the 2015 season with the High Desert Mavericks. (Class-A Advanced).
In December of 2015, Maron signed a contract with the Miami Marlins and in 2016 he played a full season with the Jacksonville Suns (Double-A) and batted .302 in 61 games.
On January 12, 2017, Cam Maron was invited by the Marlins to his first Big League Camp. A journey that once had promise, only to be curtailed by a detour he never planned, but hard work and pure determination, has brought Maron to an opportunity that so many other minor league ball players crave, a chance to play in the majors.
Maron, never gave up on that dream, even during those days in 2015, when it probably didn’t seem attainable, but one year makes all the difference and now he is ready to take on his first big league Spring Training and show the baseball world what he can do, not just with the bat, but with his poise and experience behind the plate.
On Saturday the Marlins start their Spring Training schedule and for Maron, his journey to the big leagues officially begins.
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