With the Rule 5 Draft come and gone, the Detroit Tigers have a solid pick.
Victor Reyes will be an excellent addition to the team’s mix of outfielders. In a statement by Dave Littlefield, vice president of player development, this was what he had to say:
“Good-looking center fielder, can play all three (outfield positions),” Littlefield said after the Rule 5 Draft held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. “Switch-hitter that gets on base. Still a projection with the bat but very athletic. With our situation as it is, seemed to be a be good fit.”
What would be interesting to see his Reyes be a solid backup. Because he has the capabilities to cover any of the three OF spots, this could give the Tigers an advantage when he’s called up.
Some quick statistics on Reyes:
- 6-foot-3, 170-pound switch-hitter
- Ranked as the 18th-best prospect in the Diamondbacks’ organization by MLB Pipeline
- Spent the entire 2017 season at Double-A Jackson (Tenn.), where he hit .292 with 29 doubles, 59 runs scored and 18 stolen bases
- Hit .316 and scored eight runs in the Arizona Fall League and was selected to the AFL’s Rising Stars Team
So, it’s safe to say that there is a lot of potential out of Reyes. Littlefield had the right mindset in picking Reyes, because the team needs to find players who can perform well and grow over time. Reyes has the potential to be an above-average player as long as he pushes himself, but we’ll have to see when spring rolls around how Reyes will fit in.
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