Twenty-three-year-old Ryan LaMarre might be the closest thing to a major league-ready outfielder in the Cincinnati Reds' minor league system. He's a 6'2", 205-pound, right-handed hitting center fielder who can also shift over and play right field as well.
LaMarre was drafted by the Reds after his junior year at the University of Michigan, where he thrived for three seasons. Take a look at LaMarre's three-year career at Michigan:
Not only did LaMarre put up big numbers in college, he was able to bring in a few individual honors as well:
- 2010: ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region Second Team Outfielder
- 2010: First Team All-Big 10 Outfielder
- 2010: All-Big 10 Tournament Team
- 2009: All-Big 10 Second Team Outfielder
LaMarre was an absolute stud at Michigan and gave the Reds good reasons to draft him in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
Though he's only at Double-A Pensacola right now, LaMarre has shown great ability and progression in his first few pro seasons:
LaMarre stole 55 bases last season. That total went almost completely unnoticed since Billy Hamilton stole 103 in the same season. However, LaMarre is very quick and very smart on the bases. LaMarre stole bases at a 79 percent clip last year, and for a young player that's a solid conversion rate.
LaMarre is never going to be a big power hitter, but he'll clear the fences up to 10 times and he can offer great speed. He gets on base consistently (.352 OBP in the minors) and he's got good gap-to-gap power.
LaMarre is also a solid center fielder.
LaMarre is a career .985 fielder in the minors. In his 208 games in the field, LaMarre has made just eight errors, converted three double plays and has contributed 30 outfield assists.
Jay Bruce is widely regarded as a great outfielder. In 125 more minor league games, Bruce only fielded .974 and had five fewer assists.
Simply put, LaMarre can play the field as well as anybody in the organization.
At this very moment, LaMarre seems to be the closest thing to a major league-ready outfielder that the Reds have in the farm system.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!