Will the powerful rookie outfielder have a spot on the San Diego Padres roster in 2019?
If this was a list of players I want to see the Padres trade, Franmil Reyes wouldn’t be on the list. Over the last two months, Reyes and Hunter Renfroe have been two of the most productive hitters in the majors and no one will benefit more from it than Renfroe. Not only has Renfroe improved in nearly every offensive metric, but he’s also shown a big improvement in his defense in the outfield. On the other hand, Reyes is more of a liability in the field, possessing one of the slowest sprint speeds in the league.
As is, the Padres outfield consists of Reyes, Renfroe on the corners with Manuel Margot in centerfield. Travis Jankowski has earned himself a roster spot with his ability to be a late-inning game changer. Don’t forget about possibly the most electric piece of them all, Franchy Cordero. Cordero will return in 2019 to fight for a corner outfield starting lineup spot.
There’s also another name to watch closely, Josh Naylor. The first baseman turned outfielder had a big year for the San Antonio Missions and may find himself in the big leagues early in 2019. Naylor is a name that seems to have gotten lost as the year went on, more than likely as a result of prospect fatigue among fans. Don’t forget about him, though. If he’s not making an impact at the major league level, someone will come calling for him.
Back to Reyes, he may be the odd man looking out in this scenario. If Wil Myers is on this team in 2019 (spoiler), no one has any clue as to where he will play but if he moves back to the outfield, well, let’s just say I’m glad I’m not AJ Preller.