Mariel Bautista has been promoted to Double-A Chattanooga from High-A Dayton. The Dragons will replace him on their roster with right-handed pitcher Miguel Medrano who is coming up from Goodyear where he had been pitching his way back from an injury.
Mariel Bautista is heading to Double-A Chattanooga after playing 10 games with Dayton this season. This past offseason he was played with Licey in the Dominican Winter League where he hit .308/.357/.615 in limited playing time due to an injury. With Dayton he was hitting .258/.343/.452 this year. An outfielder, he’s got experience at all three spots in the outfield and while he hasn’t played much center of late that is more due to the fact of who he has shared the outfield with than is specific ability to play center field.
Miguel Medrano was last seen on the mound pitching for the Billings Mustangs in 2019. The right-handed starter posted a 3.13 ERA in 60.1 innings with 14 walks and 66 strikeouts. He was rated as the 10th best prospect in the league by the managers and coaches on the Baseball America Pioneer League Top 20 after the season. He began the year on the injured list and was held back in Goodyear at the spring training facility, but is ready to get back on the mound in games now. His fastball has worked in the 93-94 MPH range in the past and he mixes in an above-average change up and a solid slider to go with a good ability to pound the strikezone.
Nick Lodolo wins Pitcher of the Week
The Double-A South handed out their awards for last week and Chattanooga Lookouts starter Nick Lodolo got the nod for Pitcher of the Week. It’s not too surprising if you saw what he did on the 19th against Mississippi. The lefty allowed one hit and one walk in 7.1 shutout innings that included 11 strikeouts. It was a strong bounce back for the Reds second rated prospect after what was the worst outing of his professional career. After not walking a batter in his career – granted it was just 24 innings – he walked four batters in 3.1 innings at Montgomery on the 12th. Through three starts for Chattanooga he has a 0.57 ERA in 15.2 innings with eight hits allowed, five walks, and he’s struck out 24 batters. He’ll take the mound tonight for the Lookouts as they host in-state rival Tennessee.