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Franmil Reyes – SD – OF (41%)

2018 Statistics: (87 G) .280 AVG/ .340 OBP/ .498 SLG/ .838 OPS, .36 R, 16 HR, 31 RBI

2019 Statistics: (18 G) .222 AVG/ .302 OBP/ .533 SLG/ .835 OPS, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI

After fighting for playing time in a crowded outfield platoon, Reyes looks to be hitting his way into an everyday role. Batting in the second spot over the past four games, Reyes has a four-game hitting streak going (5/15, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI). Hitting behind also newly promoted lead off hitter Manuel Margot (.308 AVG/ .321 OBP/ .840 OPS) with protection from Machado, Myers, Hosmer, Tatis Jr, and Renfroe.

While hitting second may look odd for a 6’5″ – 282 lb outfielder, Reyes has shown the ability to get on base limiting his K% from 28.1 to 15.1% and increasing his BB% from 8.4 to 11.3% with 8K/ 6 BB in 17 games this season after 80 K/ 24 BB in 87 G last year. Reyes currently ranks amongst the league leaders in Barrel % – 23.1%, XBA- .357, XSLG- .819 and exit velocity 93.9. While his .220 AVG and .345 WOBA look poor, he has an XWOBA of .499, more the victim of bad luck than poor performance his average should continue to rise.

Keep in mind Franchy Cordero is on the IL, further complicating playing time in a deep OF rotation with Myers, Renfroe, and Margot. The possibility exists one or more outfielders are moved for starting pitching at the trade deadline, as rookies Chris Paddock, Matt Strahm, and Nick Margevicius will all eventually reach inning limitations. Reyes has limited but impressive career numbers (.271 AVG, .335 OBP/.497 SLG/ .832 OPS with 36 R, 20 HR and 39 RBI in only 105 games. While playing time is a concern, a lineup of Manuel Margot, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Franmil Reyes, and Wil Myers in the second half is a possibility and worth stashing for.

 

2019 Projections – .265 – .275/ .310 – .320/ .533/ .820 – .830, 20 – 25 HR, 0 SB

 

Career vs. LHP 319/ .390/ .543/ .933, (94 AB) vs. RHP .250/.309/ .486/ .795, (212 AB)

 

Roster in 10-12 team leagues with added value in points leagues 

 

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