SAN DIEGO -- Franmil Reyes is making a habit out of homering at Petco Park. The rookie slugger went for distance on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, in a 3-2 victory over Miami, he got some serious air.With two outs in the fourth inning, Reyes went to the opposite field against
SAN DIEGO -- Franmil Reyes is making a habit out of homering at Petco Park. The rookie slugger went for distance on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, in a 3-2 victory over Miami, he got some serious air.
With two outs in the fourth inning, Reyes went to the opposite field against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena. When the ball finally came down, it caromed off the right-field foul pole for Reyes' third home run in as many games.
Reyes' 40-degree launch angle was the highest on a Padres home run this season. In shape, it could not have been more different from his 442-foot missile into the second deck on Tuesday.
"He's got a lot [of power] all over the ballpark," said Padres manager Andy Green. "There's certain types of guys that can leave the park anywhere. … He's anywhere. Anywhere is available."
Presumably, Reyes will get a chance to make a bit of Padres history on Thursday night. The Padres' rookie record for home runs in consecutive games is four, set by Alex Dickerson in 2016. The club's all-time record is six, set by Graig Nettles in 1984.
No one has ever questioned Reyes' power. The 22-year-old tore apart Triple-A pitching before earning his callup earlier this month. He struggled at the start, but appears to be turning a corner.
"I just got my mind to what I was doing in Triple-A," said Reyes, who was batting .346 with a 1.180 OPS for El Paso this season.
Perhaps as impressive as his mile-high homer was his leadoff walk in the ninth, which sparked the Padres' game-winning rally. Reyes looked at four pitches outside the zone from Marlins closer Brad Ziegler, and he didn't swing at any of them.
"When I was in the outfield, I looked into the bullpen, and I saw a submarine pitcher warming," Reyes said. "I was like: 'I'm going to stay focused on my zone, I'm not going to chase. Just look for my pitch. ... Wait 'til the ball is up.' He never threw it, so I didn't swing."
Easier said than done -- especially for an unheralded rookie who's looking to make his mark in the big leagues. Reyes, in fact, is doing just that, and his patience is playing no small part.
"We've pushed plate discipline so hard through the Minor League system," Green said. "He's a guy that you started to see some change -- especially in his chase rate. His chase rate has really come down, and when his chase rate has come down, his power numbers have gone up. All he needs to do is swing at pitches he can handle, and he's going to have a lot of success."
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.