04-20-2011, 03:04 PM
**Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Ryan LaMarre is off to a slow start for High-A Bakersfield in the California League, hitting just .205/.321/.273 so far in 44 at-bats, with 16 strikeouts. He's stolen three bases in four attempts, but his approach at the plate has been raw so far in the early going. A second-round pick in '10 out of the University of Michigan, LaMarre has average or better tools in all departments, with running speed and power potential standing out. His performance in college was erratic, due at least in part to injury issues. Scouting reports pre-season indicated that he was more polished than his college performance indicated, but so far that hasn't been true. He has a high physical ceiling and a good work ethic, but doesn't look to be on the fast track right now.