As a weekly reminder of who's doing good things down in the minors, Giant Potential will name a "Prospect of the Week" every Thursday (or Saturday) afternoon, along with a few honorable mentions, highlighting the best of San Francisco Giants hopefuls. It's week 18, and this week we'll honor the Giants' most recent top draft pick. The centerfielder was assigned straight to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the Northwest League, and during a recent seven-game stretch hit four doubles and two home runs. Say hello to former Vandy star Bryan Reynolds.
CF, Bryan Reynolds
- Age: 21
- Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn.
- Height/Weight: 6'3", 200 lbs.
- Drafted: 2016, 2nd round
- School: Vanderbilt
- Key Stats: 11 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 10.7 K%, .458 AVG, .875 SLG
The Giants haven't had an exciting, young switch-hitter since a panda roamed the San Francisco clubhouse. Despite Bryan Reynolds' platoon splits being a little weird in his first 140-plus professional at-bats, he's been producing on a level with which I'm sure Giants' personnel are pleased.
Removing his last two games, where he's gone 0-for-8, Reynolds totaled 11 doubles, one triple, and five home runs in 138 plate appearances for a .328/.399/.557 slash line. He reached these stellar numbers with a seven-game stretch from August 4 to August 10 where he tallied four doubles and two home runs, reaching base in exactly half of his 28 plate appearances and striking out only three times.
In regards to his splits as a switch hitter, take a look at these irregularities:
- LH: .321/.409/.506, 25.8 K%
- RH: .286/.321/.551, 16.9 K%
Keep in mind he only has 146 plate appearances since being drafted back in June. But you typically don't see these combinations in most switch-hitters. Recent notorious switch-hitters (i.e. Bernie Williams, Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Chipper Jones) all had higher averages and more power from their left side, with the exception of Jones who had essentially the same average from both sides his whole career. But with the higher slugging percentages came slightly higher strikeout rates. Reynolds, at least thus far, slugs better from the worst average side (RH), but also strikes out more from the higher average side (LH).
Likely these will even out when we're looking back at Reynolds' minor league career in five years. But it's certainly an interesting anomaly at the present time.
- 3B Jonah Arenado: 8 H, 2 2B, .381 AVG, 13.6 K%
- INF T.J. Bennett: 7 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, .389 AVG, .889 SLG
- 1B Chris Shaw: 10 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, .645 SLG, 12.1 K%
- CF Johneshwy Fargas: 8 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 2 SB, .483 OBP
- LHP Ty Blach: 15 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 9 K, 1.80 ERA, .157 SLG
- RHP Tyler Beede: 13 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 7 BB, 17 K, 0.69 ERA
- RHP Michael Connolly: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
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