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A's thrilled athletic Marincov chose baseball

A's thrilled athletic Marincov chose baseball

A's thrilled athletic Marincov chose baseball

While Marincov doesn't have a standout tool, his overall package makes him an intriguing prospect.

"He's just an athletic college outfielder," Kubota said of the A's eighth-round pick. "He's been a very good performer for his school. He's got strength and speed. We're excited to be able to bring him in and drafted."

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A former star high school quarterback, Marincov still plays with an aggressive football mentality and earns high marks for his hustle. Marincov's strong 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame produces good power, though it doesn't always carry over into games. He makes good contact and has been mostly a gap-to-gap hitter at North Florida.

Marincov is an average runner and takes advantage of his speed on the basepaths. Marincov can play center field, but his profile fits best in right field.

"It shows that he's a good athlete," Kubota said regarding Marincov's football past. "I wouldn't say it's a plus or a minus. It's just an indicator of athleticism."

Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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