Originally Posted by TOBTTReds
Guys, there was concern that fastballs would knock the bat out of his hands. Now that hasn't happened, but he's not going to develop much power. It's just not in his frame. I'm not going to say he's Emilio Bonafacio, but he's not going to be Reyes.
Equaling 1/3 of his XBH's in 2011 15-20 days into the 2012 season is pretty encouraging...
I'm pretty sure nobody cares if he can hit HR's as long as he can hit the gaps. He doesn't have to have power if he can get on base consistently... his speed will almost replicate power at that point in TB's. Actually, the havoc/distraction he will cause while on base will be move valuable than a HR, as it will effect the hitters AB's following him as long as he's on first or second.
Get on base, divert the pitchers attention from the guy at the plate, and play average to above D at a premium spot, and BHam is a providing this team a MASSIVE benefit at the major league level...
One thing that nobody can take from him: He's as "best case scenario" as anybody could have predicted/imagined at this point in his career.
One thing on Reyes that I find VERY interesting from the article I linked a few posts up is muscle imbalance... It mentions the opportunity for injury in the legs, which Reyes has dealt with throughout his career.