Check the following to see why: Waaaay too many walks and he's hung around for 5 years, but he's got an arm. D. Republic quite a baseball factory, is it not?
The product of the Dominican Republic began 2021 with high Single-A Aberdeen, going 0-2 with a 1.20 ERA over 11 games. He moved to Double-A Bowie in late June and went 0-1 with an ERA of 0.68 in 12 games. He ended the year going 1-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 17 games at Triple-A. Over 18 1/3 innings, he allowed 11 hits with nine walks to 25 strikeouts for Norfolk.
For the three O’s teams combined, Bautista went 1-6 with a 1.54 ERA. Over 46 2/3 innings, he allowed just 20 hits and eight earned runs with two homers allowed. He walked 30 and fanned 77 with a WHIP of 1.071. Bautista’s fastball touched 101 mph this year.
Among all O’s farm pitchers throwing 40 or more innings this year, he led the organization in both ERA and strikeout rate at 14.9 per nine innings.