SAN FRANCISCO — There finally appears to be a wave of outfield talent moving through the Giants’ farm system, and the top prospect will hit the national stage next month.
Bryan Reynolds, the organization’s top pick in the 2016 draft, will participate in the All-Star Futures Game on July 9, the Sunday before the All-Star Game. The Futures Game is an annual contest that draws some of the top prospects in baseball.
Reynolds, 22, is off to a hot start for the High-A San Jose Giants. He has a .310 batting average, .350 on-base, and .463 slugging. In 64 games, Reynolds has four homers, seven triples and 15 doubles, showing the kind of speed/power combo that has the front office so excited about his future. The center fielder looks eager to force a promotion. He has raised his OPS every month, and in June he has a .556 slugging percentage.
Baseball America's Futures Game preview described Reynolds as a player with "big raw power, excellent speed and the ability to patrol center field with grace and ease."
The Giants believe Reynolds can stay in center field. Combined with Steven Duggar, he gives the organization a chance at finding an everyday player at a position that has always caused the front office to spend big money on free agents. This year's top pick, Heliot Ramos, also plays center. He will start his professional career this weekend.