When 2019 began for A.J. Bumpass he was entering his senior season at the University of Cincinnati. The outfielder would help lead the Cincinnati Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 45 years. That performance led to him being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds for the second time in his life, but this time he would choose to sign.

The Reds sent A.J. Bumpass to Greeneville to join their rookie-level Appalachian League affiliate. His professional career got out to a bit of a slow start. In his first three weeks he hit just .188, going 6-32 with three extra-base hits. But on July 10th, after several off days, he turned things up a notch or ten. Over the rest of the month the outfielder hit .304/.385/.679 in 16 games for the Reds. 12 of his 17 hits in that span went for extra-bases, including seven doubles, a triple, and four home runs.

The first week of August was a continuation of July for A.J. Bumpass. He went 6-18 (.333) and slugged .556 in five games. But things slowed down from there for the former Bearcat. Over the final two weeks of the season he hit just .176, going 6-34 with just one extra-base hit down the stretch.

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A.J. Bumpass Scouting Report

Position: Outfield | B/T: L/R

Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 195 lbs | Drafted: 39th Round (2019)

Born: May 30, 1996 in Rougemont, North Carolina

Hitting | His hit-tool is a bit below-average.

Power | He’s got above-average power potential, with plenty of current power to the pull side.

Running | Bumpass has above-average speed.

Defense | Bumpass is a good defender who can handle both corners where he could be above-average in the future. Currently he’s got enough speed to handle center field if needed, but the profile is a little better in the corners.

Arm | His arm is average and can play at any of the three spots in the outfield.

A.J. Bumpass is a good athlete. He can run a little bit, he’s got some pop in his bat, he’s got a good arm. But he struggles at times with pitch recognition and that’s led to some issues with contact at times in his college and professional career. The contact issues haven’t allowed his hit tool to quite play up to it’s raw grade to this point in his career.

When he does make contact there are some things to like. As noted, there’s some power in there. And he’s capable and willing to use the entire field, too. Bumpass was one of the oldest players drafted last season and he will turn 24-years-old at the end of May next season. He had a solid professional debut, but with his age he’s going to need to perform every step of the way moving forward.

Longest Home Run of the Year

413 Feet on July 19th.

Interesting Stat on A.J. Bumpass

He hit .277/.362/.564 against right-handed pitchers. But he only hit .171/.244/.220 against left-handed pitchers in 45 plate appearances. Bonus interesting stat: He hit .333/.429/.625 with 2-outs and runners in scoring position.

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5 Responses

  1. Michael Smith

    from what I have heard from my bearcat friends. Great guy and huge cog in the miracle run they had this year.

  2. Oldtimer

    Looks like good potential to be a Red in a few years. Decent Rookie season after slow start.