The Padres called up Minor League home run leader Franmil Reyes
With 36 home runs so far in 2018, the Padres are tied with the Dodgers for the fourth-fewest home runs in baseball. On Sunday, the Padres may have taken a big step toward moving up on that leaderboard by calling up the Minor Leagues' current home run leader, Franmil Reyes.
The 6-foot-5 23-year-old outfielder has 14 home runs in just 35 games this season for the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. That includes the following five-game stretch in which he hit 8 dingers:
#Padres prospect Franmil Reyes' (@La_Mole_13) week:— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 7, 2018
5/2 - 2-for-3, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs
5/3 - 3-for-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs
5/4 - 3-for-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs
5/5 - 3-for-4, HR, RBI
5/6 - 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBIs@Padres @epchihuahuas
WATCH: https://t.co/hps5xFgdk6 pic.twitter.com/AKDAtlHftD
The first home run of that stretch went a long way:
Back in Spring Training, Reyes showed off his power hitting for an 1.091 OPS with two home runs in 11 Cactus League at-bats. He showed off his opposite field power there, too:
Prior to his callup, Reyes had reached base safely in 14 consecutive Triple-A games and recorded a hit in 12 of his last 13. On the season, he's hitting .346 with a 1.180 OPS.
With his arrival, the Padres will have three Dominican outfielders under the age of 24 on their Major League roster with Reyes,