By Jason Shetler
On Sunday, I put out my rankings of the Top 50 Pirates prospects for the 2016 season. With the Pirates deep farm system, certain prospects tend to get overshadowed, and don’t receive much recognition. One prospect who I came across on the list that appears to be a real sleeper is Pablo Reyes.
Reyes is a second baseman who was signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Pirates in 2012. Since joining the organization, Reyes has been able to put up good numbers, posting an on base percentage of .360 along with a .775 OPS. His ability to control the strikezone has been excellent with an 11.1% walk rate and a 9.9% strikeout rate. Reyes played his first full season in 2015 for the Low A West Virginia Power, as he posted a .345 on base with an OPS of .783. He displayed decent pop in the bat with 27 doubles and 12 homers, and showed off his speed with 27 stolen bases. Reyes should start out 2016 with the High A Bradenton Marauders as a 22-year-old. Given his skill set for a middle infielder, he could become another Alen Hanson type.