6’4, 180 lbs
Current Contract: minor league contract
Team control: through 2022 (MiLB) / 6 years of major league service
Acquired: Signed in 2016 as an amateur free agent
Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
Gregory Bautista is a bit of an odd find. Signed to his first professional contract this April, Bautista is a 23-year old spending 2016 in the Dominican Summer League, which is mostly populated with teenagers. He has performed well as both a starter and long reliever, but he has yet to face a batter his age. Atlanta clearly saw something in him, and once we see him in higher levels, we can possibly get a handle on what kind of prospect he is. But for now, he’s an oddity, a player older than most college players getting outs against 18 year olds; it’s better to get those outs than not, but it’s hard to really discern anything meaningful from the results at this point. (-B. Blackwell, ’16 season)
The OFR Scouting Report
Pitch Arsenal: n/a
Stamina – 30 ↑
Over his first 7 professional starts, Bautista, as with most pitchers in the DSL, hasn’t pitched a high number of innings. That said, he has gone 4+ on several occasions, and he is likely capable of a bit more. Long reliever may be the most realistic job for Bautista.
Walk Avoidance – 25 ↑
Walks aren’t yet a big issue, but significantly younger opponents with a predilection to swing away are still managing to get them more than they should.
Strikeout Ability – 35 ↑↑↑↑↑
Bautista is posting decent K numbers in the DSL, but he’s older than many in the league. He’s the type of player to be bearish on, but meanwhile don’t be stunned if the K numbers turn out to be legit. There’s just not enough data yet.
Groundball Induction – 20
Again, there’s not a ton to go on here. My gut says if he were thrown onto a MLB mound, he’d struggle with home runs, but in a relative sense, I have no idea.
20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.
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