Denny M. Bautista German
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 170 lb.
Denny Bautista was a major league pitcher from 2004 to 2010.
Bautista was signed by scouts Pablo Lantigua and Louis Eljaua for the Florida Marlins in April 2000. He split his 2000 season between the DSL Marlins (0-1, 2.57), GCL Marlins (6-2, 2.43) and Utica Blue Sox (0-0, 3.60). He was third in the Gulf Coast League in ERA. In 2001, the right-hander pitched for Utica (3-1, 2.08) and the Kane County Cougars (3-1, 4.35). Baseball America rated him as the #5 prospect in the New York-Penn League.
In 2002, Denny had a 4-6, 4.99 record for the Jupiter Hammerheads before shoulder pain curtailed his campaign. The next year, a rejuvenated Bautista split time between Jupiter (8-4, 3.21) and the Carolina Mudcats (3-5, 4.74). In the 2004 Futures Game, he replaced Chin-Hui Tsao on the mound for the World team and tossed a hitless inning, walking one and striking out two in a 3-2 loss to the USA. Baseball America rated him the #9 prospect in the Florida State League (right ahead of David Wright) and the #16 Southern League prospect.
In the Dominican Summer League, he was 0-4 with a 4.93 ERA for Estrellas but Baseball America rated him the league's third-best prospect. He was 3-5 with a 4.74 ERA and over a strikeout per inning for the Bowie Baysox. He also played two games for the 2004 Orioles, with 8 runs allowed in two innings. Bautista's MLB debut was rocky though he retired the first four batters after replacing Erik Bedard. Then things went sour as Ruben Sierra singled, Hideki Matsui walked, Tony Clark singled, Enrique Wilson hit a sacrifice fly, Bautista threw a wild pitch to score Matsui and Derek Jeter doubled in a run before Mike DeJean relieved Bautista. He was traded mid-season again, this time to the Kansas City Royals for Jason Grimsley. He would be rated the #18 prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America.
Bautista had a 4-3, 2.53 ERA in 12 starts for the Wichita Wranglers and held opponents to a .227 average. Baseball America rated him the #5 Texas League prospect following Felix Hernandez, Dallas McPherson, Jeff Francis and Shin-Soo Choo. He was 0-4 with a 6.51 ERA in five starts for the 2004 Royals.
Bautista made the Opening Day roster of the 2005 Royals but was only 2-2 with a 5.80 ERA in 7 games in a season interrupted by injury. He struggled in 2006 both in Kansas City (0-2, 5.66) and in Omaha (2-5, 7.36, 1.91 WHIP). Right before the trading deadline, he was shipped with Jeremy Affeldt to the Colorado Rockies for Ryan Shealy and Scott Dohmann.
Moving to the bullpen in 2007, Denny pitched mostly in Colorado Springs (3-2, 2.92 in 51 outings) and got into nine games for the 2007 Rockies (2-1, 12.46, 18 H in 8 2/3 IP).
Bautista split the early part of 2008 between the Tigers (0-1, 3.32 in 16 games) and the Toledo Mud Hens (0-1, 0 R in 6 1/3 IP). He was then traded to his 6th organization, going to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Kyle Pearson.
- 2008 Tigers Media Guide
- 2001-2008 Baseball Almanacs