Pirate prospect to watch in 2018: Pablo Reyes

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As we continue to take a look at Pirate prospects that fans should be watching in 2018, today we take a look at a young infielder

In 2017 the Double-A Altoona Curve won the Eastern League Championship. A big reason for this was the play of 24-year-old infielder Pablo Reyes.

Pablo Reyes is a former international free agent signing by the Pirates, and he has not disappointed during his time in the minor leagues. After posting a 10.4 percent walk rate, just a 13.2 percent strikeout rate, a .121 ISO, .341 on-base percentage, a wOBA of .341, and a 114 wRC+ at High-A in 2016, Reyes picked up where he left off when he got to Double-A.

For the Curve in 2017 Pablo Reyes posted a 10.6 percent walk rate, a 14.5 percent strikeout rate, and an ISO of .136 in 483 plate appearances. Reyes owned a .356 on-base percentage, a .347 wOBA, and a wRC+ of 113.

This past season Reyes played second base, shortstop, and centerfield for Altoona. He committed just three errors at second base, two at shortstop, and one in centerfield. Positional flexibility is something that the Pirate organization values greatly, it is also something that Pablo Reyes has.

Throughout his minor league career Pablo Reyes has been a high walk and low strikeout player. In his minor league career he owns a 10.7 percent walk rate and just an 11.1 percent strikeout rate. His ability to be patient, take pitches, and make contact when he does swing is a big reason for Reyes’ success.

Pablo Reyes is starting to emerge as legitimate Major League prospect for the Pirates. While he does not project as ever being an everyday player, he has the tools needed to be a strong utility bench player in the Major Leagues. Reyes is similar to Adam Frazier, but with better defense.

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Pablo Reyes may start the 2018 season at Double-A, or with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. No matter what level he starts at, he will be a prospect worth watching for Pittsburgh Pirate fans during the 2018 season.