He began playing organized baseball at 11, playing catcher and third base. During a tryout with the Pirates at age 16, a 95mph fastball hit him on the head when he was standing on the plate. It busted his helmet and knocked him unconscious. At practice the next day he found he no longer could hit because he had become afraid of the ball. So he switched to pitching (Reyes no longer has a fear at the plate)...Has a smiley face tattoo on his elbow where he has a scar from Tommy John surgery...Nickname is "El Tibu," which is short for Tiburon, meaning Shark.
Made an Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...was originally optioned to triple-A on March 12, but was later added back to the roster for the Bay Bridge Series against the A's at the end of spring due to SF's injuries...Went 5-2 with a 2.49 ERA (18er, 65.0ip) in 69 games for the Giants...His 69 appearances ranked as the second-most by a Giants rookie pitcher in SF-era history (Elias Sosa, 1973, 71 gms)...Limited opponents to .154 avg. against, the third-lowest figure among NL relievers (Hader, .132, Doolittle, .135)...His 41 inherited runners led SF and ranked as the eighth-most in the NL...allowed just nine of his last 41 IR to score (22%), the seventh-lowest figure in the National League...Set the Giants record for fewest hits per 9.0 innings (4.71), with a minimum of 50.0ip...prior to Moronta, Steve Reed had the fewest hits allowed per 9.0 innings in 1998 (4.90) (Baseball Info Solutions)...First batters faced were just 2-for-55 (.036) off him... however, allowed 13 walks to his first batters faced...Opponents were 0-for-10 off him with the bases loaded.
Split his seventh professional campaign between double-A Richmond and triple-A Sacramento and was also a Sept. call-up for San Francisco...Was recalled from triple-A Sacramento Sept. 5 and allowed two runs in 6.2 innings, covering seven games...Was recalled twice...was on SF's roster on May 10, but did not appear in the game...Made his Major League debut on Sept. 5 at Colorado and allowed one run in 0.2 of an inning...Struck out 11 batters in 6.2 innings of work (14.85 strikeouts per 9.0 innings)...Appeared in 19 games with double-A Richmond, posting a 4.00 ERA with five saves...Made 13 appearances with triple-A Sacramento, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.12 ERA (4er, 17.0ip).
Was named to the mid-season California League All-Star team...led the league in appearances and finished tied for third with 14 saves. Recorded 13 out of his 14 saves in the second half of the season. Struck out 93 batters over 59.0 innings, putting up a 2.59 ERA and notching 14 saves in 18 chances. Was added to the Giants' 40-man roster over the winter.
Spent the entire season pitching out of the Augusta (A) bullpen...led the GreenJackets with 12 saves and was 1-7 with a 5.73 ERA in 42 relief appearances.
Led the the AZL Giants (Rookie) with five saves...struck out 30 batters over 19.1 innings.
Worked as a starting pitcher for Salem-Keizer (short-season).