Michael Beltre (Photo: Zachary P Lucy)Cincinnati Reds #23 Prospect: OF Michael Beltre Doug Gray December 13, 2016 6 Comments It would be tough for a season to start better than it did for Michael Beltre in 2016. In the first game of the year he went 2-4 with two triples. The next three games saw him go 7-14 with two doubles and another triple. In just eight game with the Arizona League Reds in June he would hit .353/.421/.588 with two doubles, three triples and a steal. July began a bit slow for Beltre. He only played twice in the first week, going 2-8 with five strikeouts and a walk. In the second week he only saw action in three games, going 3-12 with a double and triple. Things picked up in the third week as he continued to be a triples machine. In six games he added two more triples and stole four bases. He went into a slump in the final six games of the month, hitting just .227 without any extra-base hits. For the month the switch hitter hit .250/.333/.359 with six walks and 17 strikeouts. When the calendar flipped to August so did the production. In three games with the AZL Reds he hit .375/.545/.500. He was promoted to Billings after that stretch. Things started out slowly with the Mustangs, going 1-11 in the first three games. It picked up in the next week, going 8-18 (.444) with two doubles and two walks. The following week saw things slow down a tad, where he hit .238, but had a .333 on-base percentage and slugged .429. The final week of August saw Beltre catch fire, hitting .389/.542/.833 with five walks and just one strikeout in six games. He played four more games in September before the playoffs began. He went 4-18 (.267) with three doubles and three walks. Over the final five weeks of the season the then 21-year-old (he turned 21 during the season) posted a .315/.435/.528 line with more walks, 18, than strikeouts, 15. The 2016 season was a breakout for Michael Beltre. He hit .299/.399/.481 between his two stops, and performed better at the higher of the two levels in which he played. He showed off good power, speed, and a good approach at the plate. Beltre hit well from both sides of the plate with an OPS over .875 from each side. Level PA 2B 3B HR SB BB K AVG OBP SLG AZL 122 4 6 0 9 11 25 .292 .380 .443 BIL 97 9 0 3 4 15 13 .309 .423 .531 For all 2017 Prospect Ranking Scouting Reports – click here (these will come out one per weekday over the offseason). Michael Beltre Scouting Report To continue reading this article you will be to be a subscriber to the website's premium content. Content protected for Subscriber users only. Click here to read why some content is behind a subscriber wall. Already a subscriber? Log in below Username Password Remember Me » Lost your Password? Not a subscriber? Sign up now. $ 4.00 a month gets you full access to everything on the website. 6 Responses J-Man December 13, 2016 Has anyone signed Yorman Rodriguez? Gaffer December 13, 2016 Can we please move on . . . .? Jonathan December 13, 2016 No :). I think he is going to be a good 4th OF or possibly a good RF. I think we all forget how old Yorman really is. Isn’t he 23-24 years old? If he would have gone to college he would have been drafted…what 2 years ago? Doug Gray December 13, 2016 Three years ago. He’s two months older than Phillip Ervin is. MK December 13, 2016 Does anyone know when Beltre became a switch hitter? Seems he is more of a pull hitter right handed but home runs came left handed. Doug Gray December 13, 2016 With regards to the splits, the sample size is small enough from both sides that I wouldn’t read too much into the home runs just yet.