Reynolds Excited for First Opportunity in the Majors

Pirates No.8 prospect reflects on his MLB debut

Noah Hiles
April 21, 2019 - 3:39 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – In what has been a very eventful week of Pirates baseball perhaps one of the best stories to take place not only in the past few days but all season belongs to rookie outfielder, Bryan Reynolds.

A second round pick by the San Francisco Giants in 2016, Reynolds was traded to the Pirates in January of 2018 along with Kyle Crick in exchange for five time all star and 2013 National League MVP, Andrew McCutchen. While Crick made his Pirates debut last April and developed into a reliable arm in the Pirates bullpen, it was expected that Reynolds would not see time in the majors for a few more seasons at the very least.

However, that all changed earlier this week when a collision between short stop Erik Gonzalez and center fielder Starling Marte sent both players to the injured list and left an opening in the Bucco outfield. With three Pirates outfielders already on the IL, the club chose Reynolds as its next man up.

“It’s been pretty crazy,” said Reynolds about his fast track to the big leagues. “I was traded last January and missed a month and a half with a broken hand. It has been a whirlwind since but I am thankful for everything that has happened.”

This season with Indianapolis, Reynolds hit five homeruns and slashed .367/.446/.735 in just 13 games. Despite spending very little time in triple-A, Reynold’s productivity at the plate provided the Pirates front office with enough faith that he could sufficiently fill in as a regular starter while Marte recovered from an abdominal wall contusion.

In his first game as a big leaguer, Reynolds wasted no time getting involved in the action, making a start in center field and going 1-2 at the plate in the Pirates 3-1 victory over the club that had traded him away less than two years ago.

 “I got to play in the big leagues and fulfill a goal that I have had my whole life,” said Reynolds when asked to reflect on his MLB debut. “From the batting cages when I was five or six with my dad, through college and all the way up to the major leagues, it’s been pretty cool.”

Reynolds, along with former Indianapolis teammates Jason Martin and Cole Tucker will all be looked upon to start for the Bucs on a regular basis until some of the many regular starters can return from injury.