Victor Reyes

Victor Reyes

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Now 28 years old, Reyes has settled in as a serviceable reserve outfielder. In 2022, he appeared in 92 games for the Tigers and slashed .254/.289/.362 with three home runs and 34 RBI. The RBI total was actually a new career high, which shows the limited level of offensive production from Reyes over the past few years. As a contact hitter, Reyes could have more value if he ran a bit, but his career high in stolen bases is nine, and he had only two swipes in 2022. Reyes rejected an outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo in November, and he latched on with the White Sox via a minor-league deal. He should provide some occasional value off the bench like he has the past few seasons (assuming he makes the big-league roster), but that doesn't make him a very exciting fantasy option. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the White Sox in December of 2022.
Reassigned to minor-league camp
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
March 20, 2023
Reyes was reassigned to minor-league camp by the White Sox on Tuesday.
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After signing a minor-league contract with the White Sox with an invitation to spring training, there was some thought that Reyes had a good chance of making the Chicago roster out of camp. Instead, he's reassigned to the minors, and the former Detroit outfielder will likely be an everyday option for Triple-A Charlotte to begin the 2023 campaign.
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+9%
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+11%
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+37%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .715 161 15 2 20 4 .275 .313 .403
Since 2021vs Right .653 395 38 6 36 3 .248 .277 .376
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2022vs Left .604 92 5 0 10 0 .238 .283 .321
2022vs Right .668 244 22 3 24 2 .260 .291 .377
2021vs Left .861 69 10 2 10 4 .323 .353 .508
2021vs Right .628 151 16 3 12 1 .229 .253 .375
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+29%
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Since 2021Home .754 281 32 6 37 4 .284 .311 .443
Since 2021Away .586 275 21 2 19 3 .227 .263 .323
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2022Home .661 163 12 2 21 0 .261 .288 .373
2022Away .641 173 15 1 13 2 .247 .289 .352
2021Home .882 118 20 4 16 4 .315 .342 .541
2021Away .493 102 6 1 6 1 .194 .218 .276
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Reyes has emerged as a useful fourth outfielder for the Tigers the past few seasons. In 2021, he appeared in 76 games and collected 209 at-bats, in which he posted a .258/.284/.416 slash line with five home runs, 22 RBI and 26 runs scored. The opportunities at the plate were fairly consistent with what Reyes saw the previous few years. Between his MLB debut in 2018 and 2020, he received 212, 276 and 202 at-bats respectively. Simply put, the Venezuelan has a clear role in Detroit, but he hasn't quite broken through as an everyday player yet. That doesn't figure to change in 2022. Even with top prospect Riley Greene (foot) on the injured list to begin the season, Reyes still doesn't have a clear path to regular playing time with Austin Meadows, Akil Baddoo and Robbie Grossman ahead of him on the depth chart. Reyes should continue to fill in as needed, and he could be useful from a fantasy perspective in the right matchups, but he'll need his role to expand to really get on the radar outside of deeper leagues.
Reyes' surface stats have been rather steady in his three seasons at the big-league level. He does not walk much, he strikes out just over the league-average rate and has not hit for much power but has stolen a few bases and hits for a decent average. It is the non-baseball-card stat we should focus on when considering his 2021 potential. His 81% stolen-base success rate ensures that Detroit will allow him to run as often as he would like, so that puts the potential for 20-plus steals on the table. His average exit velocity and hard-hit rate year-over-year increases were both in the top 15 on the final rankings. To date, he has proven to be an effective hitter against fastball and offspeed pitches, but the breaking stuff continues to give him troubles. Given he has fewer than 750 career PA, there is still room for growth. He is trending in the right direction.
Reyes' development was stunted when he was forced to spend 2018 on the Detroit roster as a Rule 5 pick out of the Arizona organization. He spent the year mostly pinch running and giving regular outfielders a day off. Last season, he was able to get back to the minors, and was slightly above average statistically, and also managed to hit over .300 in his time at the major-league level last year. On the whole, 13 homers, 19 steals and over 150 runs-plus-RBI show the type of compilation the skilled outfielder can do with enough playing time. The switch hitter should hit high in the Detroit lineup this season with his abilities to handle the bat, particularly from the left side of the plate. He should hit in front of Miguel Cabrera, so any semblance of health from Cabrera will benefit the youngster. There should be ample opportunity to hit and run or steal bases to stay out of the double play in front of Miggy.
In order to retain his rights, the Tigers had to keep Reyes on the roster for the entirety of the season after selecting him in the Rule 5 draft. His play certainly didn't merit a roster spot. His defense graded out as above average, and he showed off a bit of speed with nine steals. However, he's almost certainly headed back to the minors to continue his development, so it will be a while before he's able to showcase that speed again. Pitchers had absolutely no fear of a player who posted just a .066 ISO, walking him only 2.3% of the time. That's less than the walk rate posted by pitchers at the plate (combined 2.9%).
The Tigers selected Reyes with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft. He is one of the few position players selected who has a chance to provide fantasy value this season. A 6-foot-3, 170-pound outfielder capable of playing all three spots, Reyes is a very accomplished singles hitter. Case in point: he ranked 15th in the Arizona Fall League with a .316 average but his .738 OPS ranked 36th. For a skinny player with long limbs, he hardly ever strikes out, in part because he doesn't hit for power. Reyes is a plus runner, which is why some scouts, and presumably the Tigers, think he can stick in center field. He will need to be kept on the active roster all season, otherwise he will be offered back to the Diamondbacks. What makes Reyes particularly intriguing in AL-only leagues is the Tigers' depth chart. He may be competing with Leonys Martin for starts in center field and has the chance to chip in 15-to-20 steals with a palatable batting average.
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Stays in division
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
December 9, 2022
Reyes agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Hits free agency
OFFree Agent  AAA
November 10, 2022
Reyes rejected an outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo and elected free agency Thursday, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Not starting Wednesday
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
October 5, 2022
Reyes isn't starting Wednesday against Seattle.
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Goes deep Sunday
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
October 2, 2022
Reyes went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Twins.
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Losing work to Baddoo
OFDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 21, 2022
Reyes is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.
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