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Player Spotlight: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Bryan Reynolds


After winning a College World Series and hitting .329 in his three seasons at Vanderbilt University, Bryan Reynolds was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the 59th pick in the 2016 MLB draft. Reynolds continued to rake that year, batting .313 with six home runs and 38 RBI in 56 games at A ball.

It would be more of the same in 2017 playing for the San Jose Giants. In 121 games, Reynolds hit .312 and was an extra-base machine – 26 doubles, 9 triples, and 10 home runs. He would earn the right to participate in the MLB Futures game that year.

After the 2017 season, he was part of a trade that sent Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.

Despite missing time in 2018 after having hand surgery, Reynolds continued to hit the cover off the ball. Getting his first taste of AA, Reynolds would hit .302 with a .381 OBP.

Bryan would start the 2019 season in AAA, where he would not last long. After just 13 games and a .367 batting average, the Pirates promoted him to the Big Leagues thanks to a Starling Marte injury.

In four seasons and over 1,000 at-bats in the minor leagues, Reynolds hit .312 with a .373 OBP, it was clearly time for him to be called up.

Player Spotlight: 2019 Fantasy Baseball Bryan Reynolds

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In his first 45 games, Reynolds has been arguably the best hitter for the Pirates, not named Josh Bell.

Reynolds is hitting .340 with a .393 OBP to go along with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 20 RBI.

Can we talk about consistency for a second?

It’s not like Reynolds had a few four hit games, inflating his average.

In April, Reynolds hit .423 in 26 at-bats.

In May, Reynolds hit .322 in 90 at-bats.

Now in June, he’s hitting .324 in 30 at-bats.

Over the last 30 days, Bryan is tied for 20th among qualified hitters in wOBA at .408 and ranks 23rd in wRC+.

On Monday, Reynolds saw his 17 game hit streak come to an end. In those 17 games, Reynolds went 26-70. He had two hits in nine of those games.

Walking The Plank

Even now with a healthy Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Melky Cabrera, and Corey Dickerson, Reynolds has forced his way into the starting lineup just about every day.

You would think Melky would be an easy player to bench, being that he’s 34, but he is hitting .335 over 58 games this season.

Dickerson just returned from injury this past weekend so don’t expect him to be a regular in the lineup.

Pittsburgh is currently sitting at 30-35 and has allowed a National League worst 363 runs. This explains why their run differential is -83.

The Pirates have some decisions to make as we approach July.

They most likely will become sellers, and should look to add some young pieces to build around Bell and Reynolds.

Boy, this franchise must really regret trading for Chris Archer, now seeing the kind of player Austin Meadows has turned into and how great Tyler Glasnow was before his injury.

With moves likely coming, Reynolds should be a lock in the two hole for the Pirates lineup for the remainder of the season.

He’s a hidden treasure and is owned in just 24% of Yahoo leagues.

Go and add him now!

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