Connor Marabell is one of two St. Johns County products who will compete in the Eastern League All-Star game in Trenton, New Jersey on Wednesday night. Tim Tebow is the other.

Connor Marabell has unloaded on more than one of his father’s juicy pitches.

Those experiences were in batting cages and away from the public eye. This week, the characters will remain the same; but, the stage for this father-son version of pitch-and-crush will be much larger.

Marabell, a Bartram Trail graduate who is a farmhand in the Cleveland Indians, will compete in the Eastern League Home Run Derby. His father, Scott, will pitch to him on Tuesday night at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey.

“It’s a dream come true,” Marabell said. “You don’t get many opportunities like this in your life. We’re going to enjoy it and have fun with it. It’s going to be great. I don’t really care about the results. We’re going to enjoy it and have fun.”

Wednesday night, Marabell will appear in his first professional All-Star game. The Akron RubberDucks outfielder is one of nine minor league baseball players with St. Johns County ties. Marabell, along with Ponte Vedra graduate Walker Sheller and former Nease athlete Tim Tebow were each selected for a Double-A All-Star game this summer.

Marabell will play for the Eastern League’s Western Division while Tebow will suit up for the Eastern League’s Eastern Division All-Stars. Sheller, a former Stetson University pitcher in the Kansas City Royals system, pitched a perfect eighth inning in the Texas League All-Star Game on June 26.

This may be Marabell's best season as a professional. After making Double-A and Triple-A cameos last year to provide cover for injured outfielders, the Jacksonville University product entered the Fourth of July holiday hitting .286 with a career-best eight home runs as well as 43 RBIs, 38 runs scored and a .454 slugging percentage. His five outfield assists match his total from 2017.

RubberDucks manager Tony Mansolino credited the 24-year-old Marabell’s offseason regimen for his improved production. Mansolino credited Marabell's increased pop with the work he did with his father to tweaking his swing.

“He is a guy that if he makes a mistake, you get on him for it. He is a guy who will listen, he will take information in and he won’t take it personally,” Mansolino said on his No. 5 hole hitter. “It’s the staff trying to help him be the big leaguer he is. He has fun every day he is at the field. He comes from a great family. They have done a great job with him. He is solid in every aspect and just a great kid.”

While Scott and Connor Marabell are on the field Tuesday night, the extended Marabell family will be in the stands supporting them. Last week, Connor said his mother, Jocelyn, brother, Blake, as well as his grandmother and girlfriend, will all be in Trenton.

The Akron RubberDucks lead the Western Division largely due to a pitching staff that leads the league in ERA and concedes the fewest home runs.

Marabell, noting the pitching staff has been a major factor, said the core of the team, including shortstop Will Castro and left fielder Tyler Krieger, has come through the system together, and that familiarity helps them hold each other to a high standard.

Marabell entered the season striving to become a complete player. At the midway point, that goal has been accomplished. Now, he strives to maintain consistency as the RubberDucks aim for a playoff berth.

“You have to look at the total package,” Mansolino said, adding Marabell has done an outstanding job to maximize his athletic ability.

“He’s not a guy who will hit 50 home runs. … He definitely has some power to hit, throw, play defense and run the bases. He’s a guy we see as a potential all-around complete player.”