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

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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.

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.

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"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.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: 5 Ks in 2 IP (1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB) for @Brewers RHP Adrian Houser in @MLBazFallLeague. All on 🧀95.495.795.795.996.5https://t.co/E1RUfCFrXE pic.twitter.com/5IVm5QplqV

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.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: #BabyBombers teaming up in @MLBazFallLeague: @Yankees' Thairo Estrada singles, steals, scores on Billy McKinney 1B. https://t.co/KhTYkfkVHa pic.twitter.com/y3ua7zMGAH

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.