Detroit Tigers OF Victor Reyes
Divisive Rule 5 pick Victor Reyes was once one of the more controversial topics among the fanbase at one point, with arguments on both sides of whether Reyes was an everyday player or not.
Reyes is slightly above replacement level this year across his 67 games with a .246/.276/.415 line and slightly below-average defense in the outfield.
The Case for the Detroit Tigers Keeping Victor Reyes
Reyes is under contract through 2024 and has improved his exit velocity numbers compared to his first couple seasons; putting away the ‘soft serve’ nickname to an extent. As a switch-hitter, Reyes also offers the versatility in the box that some others may not have (splits are relatively similar).
Reyes also can play both corners, which would be helpful and likely more ideal than some of the newer competition for the spot when Grossman or Baddoo need a breather.
The Case for the Detroit Tigers Letting Victor Reyes Go
Replacement level guys are a dime-a-dozen and it’s fair to question if someone with more upside like Derek Hill or Daz Cameron would be a better fit for that role moving forward. Reyes likely is who he is–he can undoubtedly help an MLB club, but he’s shown he’s not the everyday guy some once thought.
Reyes as an exclusive outfielder may be a bit pigeon-holed compared to some others as well, which may limit his ability to find the lineup as consistent as some of the other players that can do both. Add to this that Riley Greene is very near being ready and it makes Reyes’ talents a smidge more expendable.