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D-backs' Reyes continues rise with big day in AFL

October 25, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Victor Reyes is making a name for himself in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as a pure hitter. That reputation hasn't changed in his first go-around in the Arizona Fall League.The 23-year-old native of Venezuela had a banner day at the plate as his Salt River Rafters beat

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Victor Reyes is making a name for himself in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as a pure hitter. That reputation hasn't changed in his first go-around in the Arizona Fall League.
The 23-year-old native of Venezuela had a banner day at the plate as his Salt River Rafters beat the visiting Scottsdale Scorpions, 8-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Salt River Fields.
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Reyes started in right field and batted second in the contest. The D-backs' No. 19 prospect warmed up with a walk in his first at-bat before coming around to score. He singled in a run in the second inning off Scottsdale starter Tyler Beede (Giants No. 3 prospect) and added a stolen base.
He tripled in a run in the fourth and led off the sixth with a double. He had a chance at the cycle in his last at-bat in the eighth inning but grounded out to first base. He finished the day 3-for-4 with the two RBIs and raised his AFL batting average to .353.

"Honestly, it's hard not to think about it," Reyes said of the cycle attempt through interpreter Brian Guzman. "But I just tried to get up there and make good contact. If I hit a homer, I hit a homer. If not, that's fine."
For Reyes, it's the continuation of a progression the D-backs have enjoyed watching since they acquired him from the Braves for a Competitive Balance Round B pick two years ago. Since then, Reyes has ascended all the way to Double-A Jackson, where he hit .292 in 2017 with 29 doubles and 18 stolen bases.
"Basically, I just try to go up and think about hitting the ball up the middle and trying to get a good contact," Reyes said. "That's basically what I'm trying to do.
"It's always a challenge … but I just try to go out there and play my game and do the best I can. That should be good enough."
Other standout performers for Salt River on Wednesday included Reyes' teammate, leadoff man Yonathan Daza (Rockies), who went 3-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, three runs and two RBIs, and shortstop Steve Wilkerson (Orioles), who went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Salt River starter Adrian Houser (Brewers) only pitched two innings, giving up a run on four hits, but he did log five strikeouts.

Scottsdale left fielder Billy McKinney (Yankees No. 23) got the Scorpions on the board in the first inning with an RBI single, and Angels No. 3 prospect Matt Thaiss had his team's other RBI on a sacrifice fly in the third.

Thairo Estrada (Yankees No. 17) went 4-for-5, stole a base and scored a run for Scottsdale, raising his AFL batting average to .395 and his OPS to .951.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.