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Franmil Reyes

I've decided the man deserves his own thread. In my opinion, he does not get nearly enough hype among Padre fans. Maybe it's our glass half empty, hesitant outlook on rookies and prospects, or maybe too many people are fixated on his glove, but this guy did amazing things at the plate last season. Most importantly, though, those amazing things came AFTER making some marked, distinct adjustments to his game following his demotion. When he was promoted again, the kid was one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball. I fully expect there to be slumps and growing pains as he settles in at the big league level, but I'm telling you guys... This kid is special.

Take it away, Jeff Sullivan!

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-padres-most-dangerous-hitter/

I am in on Reyes ... more than just his 2nd half performance but looking at his adjusted swing which combined a lower launch angle and a focus of hitting up the middle should produce more consistent performance against all pitchers ... plus his "natural power" will produce SLG by accident.

No pressure but when the DH arrives he becomes the RH David Ortiz.

I think the biggest concern about Reyes is his ability to stay healthy. There is really no precedent for a player his size remaining healthy for an extended time in everyday action.

He's already proven to be pretty dangerous to have at the plate.

Tragic story really.

Quote from David Jay on February 6, 2019, 3:56 pm

I think the biggest concern about Reyes is his ability to stay healthy. There is really no precedent for a player his size remaining healthy for an extended time in everyday action.

Adam Dunn made it work in Cincinnati's outfield until he was 28 without missing substantial time. They're pretty comparable in size. Stanton and Judge aren't outrageous current comps, but they're certainly more athletic than Franmil. Corey Hart and Dave Winfield were big men, too, although also not as lumbering. Richie Sexson and Tony Clark made their living around 1B, so they don't quite count either.

So there are a few, but Adam Dunn is really the only height/weight/positional comp I can think of with any measure of success staying healthy.

Dimitri Young comes to mind.

 

If Reyes has to play the OF he will carry a lot of risk ... likely knees for a man his size now (and good chance of getting bigger as he ages). However, it the Padres just get 4-6 years of plus offense out of this guy that will be great. I guess MILW / DET were happy with their time with Fielder before his body failed ... just makes Reyes a player you don't go long term and nurse him year to year for his 6 control years.

DH (and I keep thinking Oritz) and keeping him off his legs as much as possible can get him a lot more.

From a Q&A at FG ...

Eric Longenhagen Chat- 2/7/19

Jay: Is Josh Naylor the single-most benefitted prospect if universal DH gets adopted? 

Eric A Longenhagen: He’s probably in the team picture but Franmil is also kind of in his way if it happens

Ah, I forgot that Franmil has his own thread ... so ... to repeat my post to "Opening Day Lineup" ...

I generally find that Roster Resource is pretty good with its roster and lineup data ...

It's showing Franmil not in the starting lineup ... https://www.rosterresource.com/mlb-san-diego-padres/

But the party line from padres.com seems to be he's hitting cleanup ... https://www.mlb.com/padres/news/franmil-reyes-takes-key-spot-in-padres-lineup

Has Franmil beaten out Renfroe for the most PAs in RF to start the season?

I highly doubt that Roster Resource is doing anything other than flipping a coin when trying to determine who will be starting opening day.