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The Week That Was
A few weeks ago, Bryan Reynolds might have shown up in the FAAB Feelings section of this column, and I even stupidly dropped him in one spot when Corey Dickerson came back and I was concerned about his playing time. Reynolds has done nothing but hit since being called up by the Pirates in late April and has managed to entrench himself in the two-spot in the Pirates lineup even as their injured outfielders all returned. Reynolds is now hitting .362 with six homers through 194 plate appearances, but of course the question is whether it's sustainable. Well, that depends on what sustainable means, as the .362 is not sticking around with his current .446 BABIP, but it sure looks like Reynolds is a batting average plus play having hit over .300 at every single level of the minors.
While his max in the minors prior to 2019 was 10 homers, he's still only 24 and is growing into some pop as evidenced by the 11 homers so far this year combined in Triple-A and MLB. However, if he sticks in his current batting order spot, the value is in a guy who provides batting average with a bunch of runs and a little pop. While the BABIP is clearly going to come down, I love his hard contact rate of 49.3 percent, a number that puts him in the top 20 in baseball among players with at least 150 plate appearances. If you are in