Name: Alex Bautista, OF
Drafted: 22nd Round, 653 overall
College: Lindsey Wilson College, Sr.
Alex Bautista should have been pretty comfortable on Saturday night as the NAIA All-American is no stranger to playing in front small crowds like the one at the Giants Baseball Complex.
The 21-year-old made his professional debut on Saturday night for Mesa in the Arizona Rookie League after agreeing to terms with the Cubs.
The power hitting outfielder from Lindsey Wilson College went 1-for-5 and delivered a RBI single in the 8th for his first pro hit. Bautista reached on a error and scored in the 7th, struckout in the fifth, grounded out to short in the third, and hit into a force play in his first pro at-bat in the first.
A first-team NAIA All-American, the Brooklyn, New York native was sixth in NAIA with 155 total bases and helped the team to its first-ever World Series appearance. Only two NAIA players hit more homers than Bautista, a five-tool outfielder that led the Blue Raiders in runs (69), homers (19), RBI (72), slugging (.728), stolen bases (27) and walks (24).
Bautista played two years at Lindsey Wilson after starting his college career at Clarendon College, where he hit .394 with 7 HR and 21 SB in 51 games as a sophomore.
"What he did this season was impressive but his best days are still ahead,” said Lindsey head coach Jonathan Burton. “The Cubs should be very excited about what the future holds for this young man."
"Alex was such an important player for our team this season and it is very gratifying as a coach to see his hard work pay off, allowing him to achieve his ultimate dream,” added Burton. “Alex is a great young man that is going to represent our program with high character at the next level.”
Bautista will get his feet wet in Mesa and could earn a promotion to Eugene by the end of the summer. He’s one of the few outfielders in the Cubs system that has the combination of speed and power and could end up being a steal in this year’s draft.