Did you know that even when he was hitting .181 and .204 the past two seasons, Eli Marrero remained a useful power source? Marrero slugged .441 in 93 at-bats in 2006, and .413 in 138 at-bats in ’05. In three seasons since he was traded to the Cardinals, he’s smacked 23 home runs in 481 at-bats, or better than one per 21 ABs.
Maybe that’s not enough, in itself, to get him on the Cardinals roster, but it sure adds a dimension this team could use. A guy who can acquit himself even adequately as a catcher and also hit the ball out of hte park on a semi-regular basis is a valuable player. If Marrero can put the ball in play even a little bit more, say getting the average just up to .240, he can help the Cardinals.
Not saying he will make the team. Just saying maybe he should be a little bit less of an afterthought than he seems to be at this point.