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Scouting Yankees Prospect #33: Rony Bautista
Vital Statistics: Name: Rony Bautista Position: Pitcher DOB: September 17, 1991 Height: 6'7" Weight: 200 Bats: Left Throws: Left "He's a projection guy deluxe," Yankees senior vice president in charge of scouting and player development Mark Newman said at the time of the signing. "He's a tall, 6-foot-7 left-handed pitcher. He's got some arm strength now, but we'll see how it goes. He's a projection guy. "The secondary stuff has to go [a ways], but he's not a high-dollar guy. We'll see what happens. He's left-handed and he's big, and he'll occasionally get it around [big league] average right now. It's just one of those guys where we'll see what happens." What happened in the ensuing first two years was Bautista began to crank up the velocity in the mid-to-high-90s at times, but the refinement in his mechanics and control was simply not there. Slowly but surely, however, he was able to develop a slurvy breaking ball into a big league curveball and his mechanics began to...
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