Cincinnati Reds top 10 prospects for 2019

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10. Mariel Bautista, OF

Birthday: 10/15/1997 (21)
Acquired: International Free Agent, November 2014
Level(s): advanced rookie Billings
Statistics: .330/.386/.541, 56 G, 233 PA, 12 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 16 SB, 6.9% BB, 12.4% K

Typically, a 20-year-old in rookie ball would not register as a top prospect unless it’s his first year in the system. Mariel Bautista is the definition of the exception.

Bautista originally signed with the Cincinnati Reds out of the Dominican Republic as an under-radar signing in the 2014-2015 offseason. Oozing athleticism, there were many directions the Cincinnati Reds could have imagined the 6’3″ outfielder’s path would lead.

He has certainly filled out, definitely more than his listed 170 pounds. He has been able to maintain plus speed as he’s added bulk and worked more lift into his swing, making him a legitimate power/speed threat who can handle center field very well.

After spending a few seasons in complex and short-season leagues, Bautista could be a candidate for full season ball in 2019, and his polish at the plate could allow him to jump up multiple levels per season the next two years.

Whether he makes that leap in 2019 or 2020, Bautista is going to be a very fun prospect to track for Cincinnati Reds fans.