By David Boclair
The Pittsburgh Pirates feel that Bryan Reynolds is something of a secret, one best not kept.
Another standout performance Wednesday added to a growing buzz about whether he should be an All-Star in this his rookie season. As of Friday morning, the outfielder out of Vanderbilt and Brentwood High School has a .362 batting average with six home runs, 26 RBIs and 31 runs scored in 53 games.
If he had enough at-bats, Reynolds’ batting average would lead the National League (Los Angeles’ Cody Bellinger is the official leader at .358).
“What Bryan Reynolds is doing right now is extremely impressive,” Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams said Wednesday, via MLB.com. “I hope a lot more eyes are being opened to who he is as a ballplayer and who he is as a person, because it’s really, really impressive. I hope he gets the attention that he deserves.”
Reynolds made his MLB debut on April 20 and had at least one hit in each of his first 11 games. He’s also had a 10-game hitting streak.
Wednesday, his three-run home run in the sixth inning capped the scoring in Pittsburgh’s 8-7 victory over Detroit in a game they trailed 7-1. He also scored in the second after he reached on a single and did so again in the fifth.
A second-round pick by San Francisco in 2016, Reynolds joined the Pirates in a trade following the 2017 season. He was promoted to the major leagues only after four Pittsburgh outfielders were injured during spring training or the opening days of the current season.
“He’s been doing nothing but impressing Pirates and guys that he’s been playing against,” Williams said. “I think it’s time for the national media to pay attention to what Bryan Reynolds is doing.”
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