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Mariel Bautista

Born: 10/15/1997 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 194
Primary Position: CF
Secondary Position: LF
Tall and lanky with plenty of room to add good weight, projectable frame with high and thin waist, expect a Gary Matthews Jr. body comp as he physically matures, walks with a slouch and his head tilted forward, much more athletic than he appears at first glance, quick twitch speedster who should age well.
Evaluator Keith Rader
Report Date 04/30/2019
Dates Seen 4/4-4/5, 4/25-4/28
Affiliate Dayton Dragons (Low A, Reds)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2022 High 60 No
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 60 Makes a lot of contact; has a plan at the plate; aggressive hitter, but shows a solid awareness of the strike zone; will walk enough, but not a lot; hits off front foot and ends up off balance more than I'd like; susceptible to breaking stuff down; really handles pitches up well, and is short to the ball there; swing lengthens on pitches down in zone; does a good job spoiling pitches when fooled; bat stays in the zone a long time without much loft in bat path; mechanical and swing adjustments will be needed to reach his potential and patch holes in the swing; if he can solve the bottom part of the zone, its an easy plus hit tool
Power 60 Plus bat speed; long arms create plus leverage when extended; ball really jumps off the bat when he gets a pitch he can handle; can hit the ball out to any part of the yard; quick hands on balls up; has the speed/aggressiveness to turn some singles into doubles; balance issues reduce power on pitches down in zone; will hit some really long homers
Baserunning/Speed 70 Gets out of the box as fast as any RHH and with near elite speed; reaches top speed early; clocked sub-4 once and another 4.00; wants the extra base; eye-catching wheels on the offensive side of the game, but runs a bit more upright with a glove on his hand; will put loads of pressure on opposing infields, and make an impact in the run game
Glove 50 Currently being moved around the outfield, but has the skill set to play anywhere in the grass; takes good routes; gets good reads on balls off the bat, but isn't as explosive in the field as he is running the bases; good closing speed; should improve as a defender with reps and a consistent outfield home; has the speed to make up for a lot of missteps
Arm 50 Easily the weakest part of his game; arm strength may be above average but has struggles to put throws on line; doesn't get great extension; the strength is there, but he has some mechanical work ahead to reach a 5; below average arm for right, but will work well in left or center

Bautista is a five-tool contributor, and has a lot of potential with the bat. He has a nice combination of speed and power, and is eye catching on the diamond. He will have to make a swing adjustment at some point if he's going to cover the bottom part of the zone and reach that potential. It's never a good thing to need a revamped swing to succeed, but Bautista is athletic enough that he should be able to handle it. He's more raw than I'd like from a 21-year-old making his first foray into full-season baseball, but with some patience you don't need to squint to see an impactful everyday player who is a serious threat at the dish.

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