Mariel Bautista hitting well for the AZL Reds Doug Gray August 8, 2017 7 Comments Cincinnati Reds prospect Mariel Bautista is out to a very good start in the United States. In 2016 the then 18-year-old hit .333 for the DSL Rojos over the span of 62 games. This year he’s played in 22 games for the Arizona League Reds and he’s performed quite well. In 94 plate appearances this season with the Reds out in Goodyear the right handed hitter has hit .356, going 32 for 90. That’s come along with five doubles. The 19-year-old has walked just twice this season, an area that he needs to improve on moving forward. His strikeout rate has been solid this year, with just 15 strikeouts (16%). Mariel Bautista has hit both lefties and righties this year. While the sample size is small for both he’s hit .348 against left-handed pitchers and .358 against right-handed pitchers. He’s also stolen five bases on the year while only being caught one time. Randy Ventura impresses early The former Atlanta Braves prospect has only played in two games since joining the Reds organization, but Randy Ventura has not disappointed. The outfielder is 3-9 with a double, walk and two steals with the Dayton Dragons in two games. His double was where he really showed off his speed, taking an extra base on what looked like a sure single on Sunday. The 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic in intriguing. While I only saw him take batting practice and have five trips to the plate on Monday night, Randy Ventura showed off some bat speed and speed on the bases. There’s not going to be much power there, but I believe there’s more than he has shown to this point in his career, too. 7 Responses Bill August 8, 2017 The Reds have really stock-piled athletic center fielders in the lower minor leagues. It could be challenging to find playing time for everyone next year. For example, Zeke White, acquired from the Marlins as part of the Dan Strailly trade has only played sparingly at Billings this season, his third in rookie ball. The Duke August 8, 2017 If Zeke White was hitting more, he’d be playing more. It’s good for young outfielders to learn all 3 spots in the OF if they are capable of playing them. As long as they get some reps in CF, they aren’t likely to lose much. As the cream rises to the top as they move up in the minors, the ones with the best all around games will get more PT in CF thigh higher throughout the system they go. Bill August 8, 2017 Agree, but why trade for a player that you are not committed to developing with every day playing time at the Rookie level? Doug Gray August 8, 2017 Maybe he’s just not as ready as they thought he was? Or that other guys they liked turned out to be more ready? That certainly happens. dbfromnva August 8, 2017 Interesting to see that Mariel Bautista only plays LF. Don’t know if that is his only position or if his OF teammates in Arizona are just better CF’s. Michael Smith August 8, 2017 Bill I think the issue is he has been surpassed by other highly thought of prospects or is in the process. And he was not the center piece of that trade. MK August 8, 2017 I have liked what I have seen of Ventura. He hustles constantly. I think this can be considered an international signing this year, as they used the international money they could not use to get him and really did not spend anything..