Our San Francisco Giants minor league spotlight continues in 2017 as we take a look at 2016 second round pick Bryan Reynolds.
He was taken out of Vanderbilt University where he hit .330 in his final year with the Commodores. He also led the team in home runs with 13 that year, while driving in 57 runs.
The Giants immediately sent him to their Single-A team where he hit .317 in 66 at-bats. He quickly was moved up to High-A where he continue to hit well. In 154 at-bats he hit .312 with 5 home runs and 30 RBI.
Reynolds has spent the entire 2017 season with the San Francisco Giants High-A team in San Jose. He continues to hit for average with a .312 batting average in 420 at-bats this year.
The one disappointing thing is that he hasn’t shown much power this year. He has just 6 home runs and 46 RBI this year. In 2016 he had 6 home runs and 38 RBI in just 217 at-bats.
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I think the San Francisco Giants drafted him hoping he would continue to develop as a power hitter. At this point that hasn’t happened, which is probably why he’s still at High-A.
At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds he may end up just being a high average center fielder, which is fine. But if that’s the case I’d like to see him steal more bases. Reynolds has stolen just three bags in six attempts this year.
The switch-hitter obviously is a good contact hitter, but the Giants would love to see him create more hard contact.
He is currently ranked as the fifth best prospect for the San Francisco Giants by MLB.com.
The Giants have six outfielders in their top 10, so there is a lot of competition in the minor leagues.
I really do like Reynolds, but would love to see him get to 15 home runs next year. If he can produce that type of power and still hit around .290, I think he’ll be a very good player in the San Francisco Giants outfield for a long time.