Reyes destroys PCL pitching; wins Player of Week
EL PASO, Texas —
El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Franmil Reyes had a historic week at the plate, earning himself the PCL Player of the Week Award.
Reyes’ offensive onslaught featured 17 hits, 11 extra base hits, eight home runs, 44 total bases and 13 runs, all totals that led Minor League Baseball.
He homered in five consecutive games, including a stretch that saw him post three straight multi-homer games. Reyes is the first PCL player to hit eight or more home runs in a single week since May 2127, 2007, when Omaha’s Craig Brazell also hit eight. In total, Reyes hit .607 (17for28) with 14 RBI, slugging 1.571 for an OPS of 2.217, the latter two of which also paced MiLB.
The 22-year-old, who collected a hit and run scored in all seven contests, has posted six consecutive multi-hit games, the last four of which have been three hit efforts. He got on base three times, drove in a run and scored a run in a May 1 win against Reno. Reyes followed by hitting six home runs over the next three games, from May 24, a span that saw him reach base in 10 of 13 plate appearances, collect nine RBI and score eight runs.
Reyes finished the week with his fourth and fifth straight games with a home run, highlighted by his three?hit, three?RBI performance May 6 at Albuquerque. Reyes, in his seventh season in the Padres organization, is Minor League Baseball’s early season leader with 13 home runs. He has totaled the most bases in the PCL this season (84), while ranking among the league leaders in RBI (34, 1st), extra base hits (19, 1st) and runs scored (29, 1st).
The Dominican Republic native is a year removed from pacing the Double A Texas League in home runs (25), extra base hits (53) and total bases (235).
This is his third career Player of the Week award. The Chihuhuas are the first PCL team to have three consecutive Player of the Week recipients since the
2009 Las Vegas 51s.