Thursday, January 17, 2013

Highlighting top Reds prospects in 2013: Ryan LaMarre

by: Jon Davis
Staff Writer

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Next on the list we have 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder, Ryan LaMarre -- who the Reds drafted out of the University of Michigan in the second round in 2010. He is what I like to call "a flip-flopper", as he bats right handed and throws left, a la Ryan Ludwick. LaMarre's time in the minors has been clockwork to date spending one year at each level and then moving on. In the two and a half years since being drafted, he has been the model of consistency. Since the draft in 2010, he has hit .272, with a .355 OBP, .369 slugging, 17 homers and stolen 104 bases between Single-A and Double-A.

LaMarre has a lot of tools led by plus running speed, but his raw power has yet to make an appearance. He is a very strong defensive center fielder with a plus arm, who also uses his speed well on the base paths. The question marks? First, he needs to show better plate discipline; something he did this past year as his average dropped, but his on-base percentage went up. Speaking of, he also needs to work on making better contact more often. The power potential is less of a concern, as he profiles as a top of the order table setter, but it would be nice if it were to develop. Overall, if he can make strides with his approach at the plate, he has the potential of being an excellent defender and a good top of order hitter. However, given the stagnant nature of his progress to date he looks like he is heading toward being more of a very serviceable fourth outfielder, who can pinch run and be a defensive replacement. I still have faith that LaMarre and his tools will develop into a very good ballplayer, which is why I ranked him here.

It seems like a pretty safe bet that he will be with Louisville on Opening Day. If there were to be an injury in the Major league outfield this year, LaMarre could be called on to fill that void. The only outfielder outside the five expected to make the opening day roster is Yorman Rodriguez. The choice could be interesting should the need arise in the Reds outfield this year. A September call-up is possible this year, but most likely we will hear from Mr. LaMarre in 2014.
A look back on the previous prospect posts...
No. 1 - Billy Hamilton
No. 2 - Robert Stephenson 
No. 3 - Tony Cingrani 
No. 4 - Daniel Corcino 
No. 5 - Nick Travieso
No. 6 - Jesse Winker
No. 7 - Tanner Rahier
No. 8 - Kyle Lotzkar
No. 9 - Yorman Rodriguez
No. 10 - Ismael Guillon

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