Reyes signed for $350,000 in 2014 – a significant international amateur bonus for the Orioles. The hulking infielder has added considerable height and weight since then, and while he’s listed at 6’3’’ and 220 pounds, he’s taller and heavier than that. Baltimore put Reyes on the fast track by immediately bringing him to the GCL upon signing, causing a situation where he has played three years of A-ball but will be just 21 years old this season. He struggled mightily in the Carolina League as a 19-year-old in 2016 before an injury-filled 2017 spent repeating the level.
Currently a third baseman, Reyes’ frame is already hefty and he’s likely a first baseman long term. He has a cannon arm, but his range and lateral mobility are fringy at the hot corner. Even if he is ultimately landlocked on a bat-first corner, Reyes has the size and pop to profile there: his raw power is arguably the best in the O’s system, though he is yet to fully translate that into his stat line. A streaky hitter, he doesn’t walk much and won’t shorten his lengthy swing when he’s behind in the count. He has struck out at a roughly 20% clip the last two seasons, but issues identifying spin and expanding the zone could be exploited further against more advanced competition. The ceiling is a second-division regular at first base, though Reyes will need to turn a corner entering his age-21 season to stay close to the top of Baltimore’s prospect list.