Detroit Tigers: 3 position players to watch during 2020 shortened season

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Detroit Tigers, Victor Reyes
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Outfielder Victor Reyes has earned an everyday role in the Detroit Tigers outfield, 2020 is the proving ground.

While initially, Victor Reyes may not have had the most upside among some of the Tigers outfielders being a former Rule-5 draft choice, but he has found a home. In 2017, the Tigers would select him in the Rule-5 draft from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

Going into his third year with the Tigers, like Goodrum, he is looking to establish himself with this organization. Reyes is only twenty-five, so not quite a late bloomer like the twenty-eight-year-old Goodrum. His first year with the Tigers, Reyes was “forced” into games, playing in 100 total games.

He would total only 212 at-bats hitting .222/.239/.288 with one home run,12 RBI, and nine stolen bases on the season. Coming back for his second year in 2019, Reyes played in 69 total games where he would total 276 total at-bats.

He hit .304/.336/.431 with three home runs, 25 RBI, and logged nine stolen bases on the season for the Tigers. Reyes has seen a substantial increase in power when it comes to driving the baseball and developing that approach.

The “power” numbers of home runs may not be as high, but he logged more extra-base hits, and he was showing that he can drive the baseball. The hope would be that this can continue during the 2020 season.

In terms of the outfield, Reyes has the quickness and stellar range that makes him a viable everyday option anywhere in the outfield. The 2020 season is where Reyes can show progress at the plate, make better decisions at the plate and show his ability to drive the baseball.

There are a lot of good things that can come from the 2020 season for Reyes; hopefully, he can show progress and development for the Detroit Tigers organization.