The mullet can’t be denied. It started a year ago and the flowing locks have become a staple for Connor Marabell.

The outfielder/first baseman for the RubberDucks doesn’t think anything of it, but it’s become the trademark of the 25-year-old.

“I’ve been growing it out since I was here last year. I’ve only cut it once, there’s nothing to it,” Marabell said. “I’m just growing it out. It’s just how I’m feeling right now, man.”

The mane attraction for the Ducks, Marabell is also one of the most tenured players for the team.

Among position players, only Ka’ai Tom (145) has played in more games for the RubberDucks than Marabell (126).

It’s a badge of honor Marabell wears with pride as he tries to lead the Ducks on the field and in the dugout as well.

“I like helping out the younger guys and helping them out in different ways,” Marabell said. “I can help them with scouting reports. I’ve been around long enough that I know the players around this league. It’s always great helping out these young guys and showing them how to do it the right way and lead by example kind of.”

It's something manager Rouglas Odor has noticed immediately this season.

It’s only the 27th game of the season, but Odor has seen the same resolve in Marabell that he saw as a hitting instructor in 2017 for Columbus.

“It’s always nice when you have experience on the ballclub,” Odor said. “I remember when I was the hitting coach in Columbus he came there and he was taking very good at-bats there. He has the Triple-A experience. He had the Double-A experience. He knows what pro baseball is all about.

“He knows what it takes to play in the big leagues. The way he carries himself and the way he takes his at-bats, it looks like things are going his way, but every single game he hits the ball hard at somebody once or twice. He takes it with respect. He runs balls out and leads by example.”

The numbers aren’t there right now for the 25th-round draft pick in the 2015 draft, but he knows they aren’t far behind.

This season, he’s hitting .206 with five doubles, seven RBI and a .267 on-base percentage.

Those numbers don’t exactly pop, but history says they won’t stick around.

Last season, Marabell batted .296 for the Ducks and had an .822 OPS. He had 11 home runs and 64 RBI and added 23 doubles.

This season, the law of averages has gotten him as he’s blistered shots all around the ballpark, but many have been at someone.

“For sure it’s been a slow start compared to last year,” Marabell said. “You see everyone go through it. Jose Ramirez is going through it right now. You just stick to the process and try to enjoy it more. You slow the game down and have fun. I’m really trying to stick to my strengths and what I do best and hopefully everything sill turn out well.

I’ve always had confidence in my abilities. I know I can play at this level and the big-league level. It just takes that opportunity. I’ll just keep grinding, keep coming to the park and keep playing hard.”

He’s also showing off with the glove. An outfielder by trade, Marabell has played four games at first base for the RubberDucks and started three of them.

“I just try to be versatile,” Marabell said. “I want to play as many positions as I can. I just want to help the team out. I played first base in college for two years. I told [Odor] if you need a first baseman, you can trust me. He’s been working me in. I enjoy it. I’d like to think I’m good at it. I’m getting better.”