2016 Draft Profile: Bryan Reynolds

School: Vanderbilt University; Class: Junior

Position: OF; B/T: B/R

Height: 6-4; Weight: 215

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: A three-year starter at Pitcher U., a.k.a. Vanderbilt University, Reynolds has been as consistent as they come during his collegiate career. After hitting .338/.395/.480 with a whopping 24 doubles, two triples, and four homeruns as a true freshman in 2014, the big switch-hitting outfielder followed that up with an eerily similar campaign the following season: .318/.388/.462 with 18 doubles, four triples, five homeruns, and 17 stolen bases (in 19 attempts).

Reynolds also had a stellar – albeit short – run in the Cape Cod Summer League as well, hitting .346/.470/.395 with an impeccable 14-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in just 21 games.

This season Reynolds’ power has taken the long expected step from doubles- to homerun-pop as he’s more than doubled his career total in dingers with 11. He’s added 14 doubles and a pair of triples in route to slugging .318/.451/.583.

 

Projection: Pretty similar to Rhett Wiseman, a third round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2015, Reynolds just doesn’t have a true standout tool to rely on when he eventually transitions into professional baseball. His power is average, especially if he gets pushed into a corner outfielder position; the patience at the plate is solid, but his swing-and-miss tendencies will certainly limit his ability against professional pitchers (he’s fanned in nearly 19% of his career plate appearances). Again, he looks like a backup outfielder – just like Wiseman.

 

Ceiling:   1.5- to 2.0-win player

Floor:  1.0-win player

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: Second Round



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.