Former Guardians DH Franmil Reyes is having a nifty little spring for the Royals
Before this goes any further: No, the Cleveland Guardians should not regret parting ways with Franmil Reyes.
That being said, it's always fun to keep tabs on former players, and Reyes is of particular interest to at least start this season, because he's back in the division with the Kansas City Royals. And to this point in the spring, Reyes is tearing the cover off the ball.
In a whopping 32 plate appearances, Reyes has 12 hits, giving him a .429/.500/.750 line with two home runs, three doubles, four walks and nine RBI. He does have eight strikeouts, and it should be noted that he's faced an opponent quality score of 7.3 according to Baseball Reference, which means Reyes is facing pitching somewhere close to Double-A quality.
Reyes was in the Opening Day lineup for the Guardians last season and was expected to be a huge contributor in the young offense, but his production just fell off a cliff. Reyes was lost at the plate, striking out 104 times in 263 at-bats with an OPS+ of 73, and the Guardians had no choice but to just release him.
Reyes was ultimately picked up by the Cubs, where he had a little more success, hitting .234/.301/.389 with five home runs, eight doubles, 19 RBI, and a 93 OPS+ in 193 plate appearances. It was enough for the Royals to take a flier on him this offseason, signing him to a minor-league deal with the invite to spring training. And after his performance this spring, there's a good chance the Royals are going to break camp with the 27-year-old on the Opening Day roster.
Reyes is becoming a boom-or-bust hitter, a long cry from that 2020-21 stretch where he had a 124 OPS+ and hit .261/.331/.498 with 39 homers, 28 doubles, and 119 RBI in 629 at-bats for Cleveland.
But if he can harness in those strikeouts - say, under 30% - he might still have a solid major-league career ahead of him.