MLB Debuts – May 14th

Alex Fast looks at the MLB debuts from May 14th and their fantasy impacts.

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
Grades: 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. 


Alex Fast

An FSWA award winner for Research Article of the Year, Alex is the co-host of On The Corner and host of the weekend edition of First Pitch. He received his masters in interactive telecommunications from NYU's ITP. All opinions are Alex's and Alex's alone. A die-hard Orioles fan, Alex is well versed in futility and broken pitching prospects.

5 responses to “MLB Debuts – May 14th”

  1. Slothrop says:

    i know this got said on the previous installment, but this feature is wonderful. Please keep on keepin’ on. Is Dawel “Runs Deep” Lugo gonna get some ink? Thank you.

    • Alex Fast says:

      Thanks a lot man and yea I’m pretty sure Dawel will be featured either tomorrow or the next day!

      • Slothrop says:

        It’s not often you get to discuss a 20/1 K/b ratio lol. i own a share of him in a painfully deep dynasty league, curious to hear your take. again, good stuff.

  2. Dickie Greenleaf says:

    When is the rest of your facial going to make its debut?

  3. BGWoodsman says:

    Keep wanting to trade for Margot, and it’s this logjam that gives me pause.

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