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Rafael Bautista

Born: 03/08/1993 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 194
Primary Position: CF
Wiry frame; skinny legs and not much muscle; room for growth but would not be ideal for his style of game.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 07/20/2014
Dates Seen 6/14/14, 7/18/14 - 7/20/14
Affiliate Hagerstown Suns (Low A, Nationals)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2016 Medium 45 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Quick hands and wrists; generates plus bat speed; swing and hips take longer than I like to get moving; makes it seem as if bat speed is not plus; gets good extension with hands; occasionally drops his back shoulder and gets under pitches; small load; helps him with the longer swing; not much drive or torque; swing is more hands than bottom half; average at reading spin; will get caught looking at the plus offerings.
Power 30 Not a huge asset; has some pop generated from the bat speed; swing is not ideal for power; will run into 5-10 home runs just from barreling pitches; swing has mild lift; more of a gap-to-gap swing.
Baserunning/Speed 60 Clocked 4.10 and 4.12 home to first; does not get out of box great; has a great second gear that starts when his long legs get going; capable runner that can steal double digit bases; speed on basepath is heightened to due natural instincts; speed is a weapon and a main part of all phases in his game.
Glove 60 Natural in CF; displays terrific instincts and makes great routes; understands when to go full-force towards a ball or branch off and take the route easier to cut the ball off; plus range; second gear in speed allows him to catch up with harder hit balls; will stick in CF.
Arm 45 Slightly below-average; slight arc that fades at the end; fast arm but not muscular and does not get enough force to be an impact; can hold his own in CF; not a weapon.

Bautista is a speedy Dominican that displays a few impressive tools. While he is not a flashy player, the defense alone will likely move him through the minors enough to at least get a crack as a 4th OF. His games revolves around the plus speed.

He could end up piecing enough together at the plate for a few second-division type seasons, but is likely a fourth outfielder due to lack of a hit tool and impact bat. The speed is great, but is not good enough to impact his game at the plate.

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