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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Garro: Franmil Reyes is the homer-mashing, singing baseball hero we need

There’s something happening in San Diego. Led by a stable crop of young sluggers and phenom pitchers like Chris Paddack and his filthy repertoire of pitches, the club is off to a solid start in the NL West.

But the Padres sport a two-way star who is deserving of your attention. Not a two-way star in the vein of the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who does his thing a few miles up I-5, but a two-way star dabbling in two entirely different entertainment media.

I’m talking about Franmil Reyes, who is mashing homers and delighting his dugout with his rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” the song originally penned by Dolly Parton and made legendary by the late Whitney Houston in the 1990s.

I have to say I was unfamiliar with Franmil Reyes before the current Padres-Phillies series, despite his great stats in his short career thus far. Seems like a cool guy.

He hit two solo homers late in the game last night, helping the Padres shrink an 8-2 deficit to 9-6. He now has 19 homers and 31 RBIs which seems like an insane ratio but might be normal nowadays.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 05, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 05, 2019 at 11:52 AM (#5848631)
The Padres in general have taken solo homers to an extreme.

They have 92 homers which is 4th in the league, but they are 13th in the league in runs. They are in the bottom 3 in runs, hits, 2B, 3B, and walks.

And they lead the league in strikeouts. Two true outcomes.
   2. Rally Posted: June 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM (#5848634)
Not a two-way star in the vein of the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, who does his thing a few miles up I-5


Ohtani? He's just a DH. Maybe they mean Jared Walsh.
   3. Rally Posted: June 05, 2019 at 12:06 PM (#5848636)
Joey Gallo TTO% .63 leads MLB. 4 players are over 50%, with 100+ PA - Chris Davis, Eric Thames, and Wil Myers are the others.
   4. Rally Posted: June 05, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5848638)
Adam Dunn, I think is the career leader for 5000+ PA. Just under 50%.
   5. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 05, 2019 at 12:21 PM (#5848642)
Wil Myers has 10 homers and 21 RBI. Hunter Renfroe has 17 homers and 33 RBI. Reyes has 19 homers and 31 RBI. At least the cleanup hitter (Hosmer) has the traditional 10 and 36.

Top 5 in the NL in homers:
Yelich: 22 (49 RBI)
Bellinger: 20 (54 RBI)
Alonso: 20 (45 RBI)
Reyes: 19 (31 RBI)
Bell: 18 (53 RBI)
Pederson: 18 (33 RBI)

Pederson is the leadoff hitter. Reyes hits 2nd, behind the appalling OBPs of some combination of Greg Garcia, Ian Kinsler, a pitcher, and Austin Hedges.
   6. Cooper Nielson Posted: June 05, 2019 at 01:14 PM (#5848660)
Joey Gallo TTO% .63 leads MLB. 4 players are over 50%, with 100+ PA - Chris Davis, Eric Thames, and Wil Myers are the others.

The sad thing is that Chris Davis isn't walking much (13 in 149 PA) OR hitting home runs (5). After his supposed resurgence (which lasted about a week), he's now hitting almost exactly the same as last year -- .168/.243/.296 (49 OPS+) last year, .164/.248/.306 (50 OPS+) this year.
   7. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: June 05, 2019 at 03:31 PM (#5848698)
Fact #1: Franmil Reyes is a mammal.
Fact #2: Franmil Reyes hits homeruns ALL THE TIME.
Fact #3: The purpose of Franmil Reyes is to flip out and kill fastballs.
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 05, 2019 at 04:02 PM (#5848715)
Before the season we were hearing about how much Franchy Cordero was going to accomplish this year. Hopefully by the end of the year Franchy and Franmil will be together in the OF every day.

They also have a guy named "France".
   9. Walt Davis Posted: June 05, 2019 at 04:58 PM (#5848728)
Franmil inspired a very unsuccessful pair of trivia questions in the Dugout -- so far this year, he has more HR (19) than BB (13). There are only 8 "careers" of 1000+ PA to pull that off. Three are active -- Sal Perez, Jonathan Schoop and teammate Hunter Renfroe. Heaps of qualifying seasons, perhaps most impressively Juan Gonazalez who did it 4 times, each with over 40 HRs ... or at the other end, Dunston who did it three times, topping out at 17 HRs.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: June 05, 2019 at 05:04 PM (#5848730)
Hopefully by the end of the year Franchy and Franmil will be together in the OF every day.


Presumably in an ancient psychic tandem war elephant configuration.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 05, 2019 at 05:19 PM (#5848735)
Unless Reyes starts singing while circling the bases, I’m not really impressed. Better yet, he should sing in the batters box.
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2019 at 05:49 PM (#5848739)
twentysomething Padres OFs come in all sizes:

Franmil Reyes: 6-5, 275, age 23
Josh Naylor: 5-11, 250, age 21
Hunter Renfroe: 6-1, 220, age 27
Wil Myers: 6-3, 205, age 28
Travis Jankowski: 6-2, 185, age 27
Manuel Margot: 5-11, 180, age 24
Franchy Cordero: 6-3, 175, age 24

   13. Walt Davis Posted: June 05, 2019 at 05:55 PM (#5848742)
5-11, 250 at 21? Depressing to realize I had the body of a pro athlete when I was 21.
   14. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: June 05, 2019 at 07:09 PM (#5848753)
The sad thing is that Chris Davis isn't walking much (13 in 149 PA) OR hitting home runs (5). After his supposed resurgence (which lasted about a week), he's now hitting almost exactly the same as last year -- .168/.243/.296 (49 OPS+) last year, .164/.248/.306 (50 OPS+) this year.
He had a better OPS in March/April (.606) than he did in May (.540). IOW, in the month (plus 3 days) that he went 0-54 he hit better than he did in the month following.
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2019 at 07:35 PM (#5848758)
5-11, 250 at 21? Depressing to realize I had the body of a pro athlete when I was 21.

he doesn't look fat, though - and I'm sure you didn't, either!

Naylor is a terrific 1B prospect - former 1st round pick of the Marlins - but the Padres are so stupid that they signed Eric Hosmer to a ridiculous contract anyway.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: June 05, 2019 at 07:45 PM (#5848764)
the Padres are so stupid that they signed Eric Hosmer to a ridiculous contract anyway.

Wil Myers is insulted he wasn't your first go-to for "they signed Eric Hosmer anyway."

FWIW, Hosmer is having a "good" season at a 111 OPS+ but we're back to debating his defense which people in baseball seem to love. Rfield loved his defense last year too but this year is back to its standard negative ratings. Still, at best, Hosmer having an average season so far.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: June 05, 2019 at 07:48 PM (#5848766)
yeah, they talk themselves into playing Myers in CF sometimes because they have so many options and Hosmer takes a slot away. oof.
   18. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: June 05, 2019 at 09:34 PM (#5848791)
Josh Naylor was another surprise. After seeing him play I was just surprised that his name was "Josh Naylor". He looks like Manny Ramirez.
   19. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: June 07, 2019 at 01:52 AM (#5849299)
[7] Fact #1: Franmil Reyes is a mammal.

We're dating ourselves here. That remains one of the funniest things I've seen. Right up there with Bonsai Kitten.

You think that site still exists?

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