ALFREDO REYES, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 4, 1993
Signed: International Free Agent, 2010 (Mets)
How Acquired: Rule 5 draft, minor league phase
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Reyes signed with the Mets for $200K a little after his 17th birthday. He was regarded as a good athlete who was likely to stick at shortstop. He was thought to have good contact skills, but that hasn’t proven true. In three years in the Dominican Summer League, he drew a fair number of walks, but since moving to the US he hasn’t done that or hit much. He’s a very good defender all over the field, with an outstanding arm. The Pirates claimed Reyes from the Mets in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. In his fourth year with them, no doubt in view of his very strong arm, they converted him to the mound.
Reyes appears to have been a little overmatched at the plate in his debut, although he did draw a lot of walks. He also had trouble with errors, committing 24 in 52 games.
Back in the DSL, Reyes made just a little progress, showing more doubles power.
In his third DSL season, Reyes finally started to hit. In fact, he had a big year, drawing a lot of walks, stealing bases and hitting for gap power.
Reyes went backwards offensively in his first season in the US. He not only stopped hitting, he stopped drawing walks and struck out a lot. He played mostly short, but saw some time at second. The Mets moved him up at the end of the year for ten games in the New York-Penn League, where he played short.
Reyes filled in for a few games in high A, but once the NYPL season began he played short regularly there. He again appeared to be overmatched at the plate.
Reyes spent the year at West Virginia. He started the season as the regular at short, moved to a utility role when Cole Tucker joined the team, and became the regular again when Tucker was promoted. He hit very little, although he did do a great job of stealing bases.
The Pirates moved Reyes up to Bradenton, where he played all over the field: 40 games at short, 36 in the outfield, 21 second, 12 at third and three innings at first. In the process, he got into most of the team’s games. His hitting remained poor, although he continued to steal bases.
Reyes became a free agent in the fall, but the Pirates re-signed him for 2018. He started off with Bradenton, playing second base semi-regularly and also seeing time at second and third. He hit surprisingly well, possibly helped by dramatically improved plate discipline. He also had great success at stealing bases. At the end of June, Reyes moved up to Altoona and served as a utility player. He didn’t hit so well there. Reyes saw time at second and third, and in center and right. He didn’t play much short at either stop.
A: 0-1-0, 10.32 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, 11.1 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 11.9 K/9
Reyes returned to Altoona as a utility player and also got a little time in AAA. Late in the season, though, the Pirates decided to try him as a pitcher. He spent the month of August at Greensboro (the one pitching appearance for Altoona came before the conversion). He struck out a lot of hitters but otherwise got hammered.
Reyes will be a free agent after the season. If the Pirates want to continue the experiment, they’ll have to re-sign him for 2020.
|2019: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: $200,000
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|November 26, 2010: Signed as an international free agent by the New York Mets.
December 10, 2015: Selected in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
November 6, 2017: Became a free agent.
November 27, 2017: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.