MLB Debuts – May 14th
Hundreds of baseball players make their debut over the course of a season. However, for every Ronald Acuna and Scott Kingery there are dozens of lesser known prospects making their debuts who aren’t as frequently discussed. To remedy that, Austin Bristow II, Adam Garland, Ben Palmer and I will be doing a write-up on every single player making their MLB Debut. Inspired by the Effectively Wild podcast and Andrew Perpetua, we’ll discuss each debut’s skill set, how long they will likely remain in the majors and any other pertinent information you need to know. Each player will also be stored in a spreadsheet featuring further information (bio, D.O.B, player ID’s, etc) that can be accessed at the bottom of the article.
Here’s the lone debut from Monday, May 14th:
Franmil Reyes (OF, San Diego Padres, 22 years old)
Call Up Date: May 14th
Role: Bench Depth
Organization Ranking: N/A
Fantasy Relevance: Worth a Flier
One of the bigger breakout stories in the PCL (AAA), Franmil Reyes has mashed to tune of a .346/.442/.738 line with 14 HRs in just 154 PAs in 2018. He was especially dominant in May with a .561 average and 9 HRs in just 12 games which likely prompted the callup. Some may question the legitimacy of the numbers and suggest he’s a PCL mirage, but the supporting metrics this year look good, he’s hit for power in the past including 25 HRs last year in AA, plus he’s added a leg kick this year that has helped with timing so maybe this is a true breakout. The crowded Padres roster, particularly in the OF, muddies the playing time situation a lot though. Wil Myers will likely return to LF once he’s healthy, and that leaves just two spots for all of Franchy Cordero, Manny Margot, Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe (currently on the DL), and Franmil Reyes. Regardless, Reyes has an intriguing power skillset and he’s likely worth a speculative add in 12 team leagues and above.
Missed a player’s debut? Read detailed reports on all 2018 MLB debuts in this spreadsheet.