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Ryan LaMarre (left)with top prospect Billy Hamilton (right)
The Reds have been looking for a left-handed bat to solidify their bench. This offseason, they added Jack Hannahan to help fill that void and Xavier Paul performed well last season when he occupied the role last season.
Paul was called up in mid-July. He played well in his 55 games with the Reds, slashing .314/.379/.465 with two home runs, five doubles, seven RBI, eight runs scored and four stolen bases.
Unfortunately for Ryan LaMarre, he doesn't bat left-handed. However, there's no denying that LaMarre will be a part of the Cincinnati Reds organization in the very near future.
LaMarre has great speed and has exhibited the ability to get on base at a consistent clip (.355 OBP in the minors).
The 24-year-old has put together a solid .272/.355/.369 slash line in 323 career minor league games between Low-A and Double-A ball.
In that same time, LaMarre has worked to 162 game averages of eight home runs, 27 doubles, 56 RBI, 98 runs scored and 52 stolen bases.
Its somewhat troubling that LaMarre's strikeout rate has increased to 24.7 percent in his most recent season at Double-A Pensacola.
However, his high strikeout rate has yet to take his OBP to an unacceptably low rate and it looks as if he could compete for a spot on the Reds' Opening Day roster.
For an in-depth look at LaMarre, check out my previous article.