SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There's no such thing as too much knowledge or too much versatility for a player, and Jack Reinheimer is working to acquire both during his stint with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League."It's a good thing to be in this league," Reinheimer said. "Getting
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There's no such thing as too much knowledge or too much versatility for a player, and Jack Reinheimer is working to acquire both during his stint with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.
"It's a good thing to be in this league," Reinheimer said. "Getting to pick these guys' brains and seeing what has been working for them, bouncing ideas off of them. I like doing that about hitting. It's a good opportunity for me to work on some things I want to work on."
The D-backs' No. 25 prospect hit .278 across 129 games in his second season with Triple-A Reno. Reinheimer also made his Major League debut in 2017, but it was a brief stint and he went 0-for-5 in two games.
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The 25-year-old had spent his entire career playing the middle infield, but he played 34 games at third base this season and even spent four games in left field -- a position he'd never played before.
"The more positions you can play, the more that adds to you as a player, so that's definitely a good thing," Reinheimer said. "It was a little weird in left field, but I could get used to it."
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Reinheimer is a solid player but also one that doesn't necessarily have a dominant tool that makes him stand out. Defensive versatility and a solid approach at the plate could be his calling card, and those are the areas he's seeking to improve in the AFL.
"I think I just need to work on my consistency," Reinheimer said. "I've been trying to do that my whole career. It's up and down, but that's how the game goes."
D-backs' hitters in the Fall League:
Victor Reyes, OF (No. 19)
Michael Perez, C
Reyes, a switch-hitter, has hit at every level he's played at. The 23-year-old doesn't have significant power, but he makes consistent contact and is a career .298 hitter. Reyes hit .292 in 126 games with Double-A Jackson this season. While he may have gotten off to a slow start in his first Double-A experience, he certainly figured it out as the season went on, hitting .316 in the second half.
Perez's offense hasn't been great over the past few seasons as he focused on developing his defense behind the plate, but the 25-year-old posted the best offensive season of his young career in 2017, hitting .284 across 83 games with Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Reno. Perez hopes to build off that success in the AFL while also improving his pitch-framing abilities behind the plate.
D-backs' pitchers in the Fall League:
Yoan Lopez, RHP
Colin Poche, LHP
Ryan Atkinson, RHP
Kirby Bellow, LHP
Lopez, a former Top-30 prospect, struggled both on and off the field over the course of his first few seasons in the D-backs system, but he may have gotten himself back on track this year. The organization moved the 24-year-old to the bullpen and he threw well, posting a 0.88 ERA over 30 2/3 innings with Class A Advanced Visalia. However, Lopez didn't make his first appearance of the season until July 2 as he was dealing with a strained rotator cuff, and he was removed from the Salt River roster after one week. He fared well in three outings with the Rafters, tossing three scoreless innings (5 H, 0 BB, 3 K) and running his fastball up to 97 in his final appearance.
Poche, a 14th-round pick from the 2016 Draft, put up good numbers in his first full season. The lefty from Dallas Baptist struck out 81 over 50 1/3 innings and posted a 1.25 ERA across 31 games with Class A Kane County and Class A Advanced Visalia.
Atkinson reached Double-A in his first full season with the organization. Signed as a free agent out of the independent leagues in 2016, Atkinson threw 141 2/3 innings this season, the most he's ever totaled in a year. The 24-year-old spent most of the season with Class A Kane County, but he went 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 36 1/3 innings after he was called up to Double-A Jackson.
Like Lopez, Bellow is looking to make up for lost time. The lefty pitched across three levels this season but only accumulated 39 2/3 innings as he had a pair of lengthy trips to the disabled list. Bellow missed roughly two weeks in late May and about five weeks in June and July. When he was healthy, Bellow proved to be a solid bullpen option for Class A Advanced Visalia as he struck out 31 in 25 2/3 innings and posted a 2.81 ERA.
William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.