It’s no surprise Franmil Reyes initiated a breakout in one of baseball’s most historic hitter friendly environments in 2019. As a sweetener, he’s shifted to the American League where he can also log at-bats as a designated hitter. Apparently, this does not satisfy Reyes who worked all off-season shedding 18 pounds in an attempt to be leaner and faster to play a corner outfield spot. As for last season, Reyes launched 37 home runs in 150 games driving in 81 runs with a palatable .249/.310/.512 slash line.

Although his final line appears rosy, there’s some growing pains accompanying his power surge. Reyes became more aggressive, yes it’s possible, raising his swinging strike percentage to 17.8 percent while his contact and Z-contact (in the strike zone) rates declined. Beneath his totals, Reyes owned an 8.6 walk percentage with a 28.5 strikeout percent offset by an enticing .263 isolated power. Make no mistake, when Reyes runs into a pitch, it gets crushed. For the visual crowd,...