Lafayette Drillers Flashback: Arturo Marin
The Lafayette Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, called Lafayette, Louisiana their home for two years, from 1975-1976.
The Drillers, who played their home games at Clark Field, were co-champions of the Texas League in 1975 with the Midland Cubs, finishing 72-57, before going 58-76 in 1976, the last year of affiliated professional baseball in Lafayette.
A number of outstanding players, who eventually made it into Major League Baseball ranks played at Clark Field in 1975 & 1976, including five former Lafayette Driller players.
All summer long, we’re taking a look back at some of the former players for the Drillers.
Today, Arturo Marin:
Marin was an infielder for the Drillers during the 1976 season.
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1953, Marin attended Pasadena City College, before being selected in the 16th round of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants at the age of 19.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Marin made one minor league stops in Great Falls, Montana and Fresno, California, before joining the Drillers in 1976, at the age of 22.
With Lafayette, Marin hit a .215, along with one home run, 16 runs batted in, and two stolen bases.
In 200 at-bats, Marin, a right-handed hitter, collected 43 hits, including eight doubles, along with ten walks and 24 strikeouts.
Defensively, Marin played in 59 games at shortstop, committing 13 errors, while also seeing action at second base in three games, and at third base in two games.
The 1976 season proved to be the final one in Marin’s professional career, having never made it past the AA level.
Marin compiled a .250 career batting average, along with six home runs, 137 RBI’s, and 12 stolen bases in 395 minor league games, covering four seasons.