Víctor Reyes will carry the Detroit Tigers outfield during the 2021 season.
The upcoming 2021 season will see outfielder Víctor Reyes settle into his role within the Detroit Tigers outfield. Reyes will be heading into year four of his big league career, and he should be able to settle in nicely as one of the corner outfielders.
A former Rule 5 Draft selection spent his first season as more of a pinch-runner, off-day replacement, and extra guy who got a few at-bats here and there. But by now, he has started to show what he could be capable of.
The rebuild has been painful, but as a positive, Reyes has been one of the few Tigers who has had a positive performance. Reyes has proven that he will be a force; he just needs to stay healthy, which he was able to do during the 2020 season.
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In 2020, Reyes played all but three games for the Tigers, where he hit .277/.315/.391 while managing 14 RBI on the year.
Defensively, Reyes made just one error during the 2020 season. He has been quite the plus-defender in his career.
So far, he has just made two errors, giving him a .995 career fielding percentage across all three outfield positions.
Reyes has been a versatile outfielder playing all three positions for the organization.
However, it seems that moving him to right field is going to be the best-case scenario for the 26-year old outfielder.
There may be some prospects who are gonna poke through and get their shot in the big leagues, but Reyes deserves the corner infield gig in 2021.
There’s no real competition for him in terms of competing for the everyday role, but he will have some other outfielders that A.J. Hinch might work in. However, his versatility for the Tigers makes him have even more value through the end of this rebuild.
The 2021 season should see Reyes really move into that veteran role where he can be a leader for the younger guys while also being one of the organization’s few quality players. The prospects already on the way to Detroit might lead to a crowded outfield scenario, but Reyes is going to prove his worth.
For the Tigers, the 2021 season may not give much to look forward to besides seeing baseball back once again. However, Reyes’ performance should be something to keep an eye on for fans, even on a team that will likely be losing a majority of their games.
Expect Reyes to settle in nicely and be one of the organization’s best sources of offense while becoming one of the team’s more veteran presences in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse during the 2021 season.