Cincinnati Reds draft prospect – an interview with hopeful Bryan Reyes

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: A detail view of the batting glove worn by Charlie Culberson
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: A detail view of the batting glove worn by Charlie Culberson /
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Cincinnati Reds amateur draft

In recent years, the Cincinnati Reds have drafted well. Also, they are quietly building up a sustainable organization for the long haul. Furthermore, the club’s top prospects are close to the MLB. The Reds top prospect Nick Senzel should arrive in the big leagues sometime in 2018. He is a big bat to insert into a mixed lineup.

The Cincinnati Reds had another 90+ loss season. So, they will have a top pick in the Draft in 2018. The club has the number 5,44,72, and 80th picks in the top 100. With that said, they could add another top young player at 5 and beef up the farm system with the rest.

This team has shown that it can develop talent, due to them being one of the best systems in the league. The rebuild is almost over. The Reds probably have a number of targets already going into the draft. One player they should look for is San Diego native, Bryan Reyes.

He is a 2017 high school graduate from Eastlake HS in Chula Vista, California. In his first semester of college, he attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston Idaho. Reyes is a first baseman and catcher with a great work ethic and mindset.

Reyes loves the atmosphere

Q: How do you like living in San Diego?

A: “I love San Diego city, Coach Brown does a very good job coaching, the team looks very sharp, and it is a great place to get drafted from next year.”

Q: What do you do daily to keep yourself motivated to reach that goal?

A: ” One of the main things is just the passion I have for the game and the desire to be a star player in the major leagues. The other is being healthy, being surrounded by baseball constantly, and practicing every day.”

Having self-confidence

Q: How meaningful has it been to your development to be surrounded by people who want to see you succeed?

A: ” Based on my personality, feeling that I am supported means a lot. But there are times where a lot of players and coaches are against what you do. You have to be very determined and have in mind that what you are doing is right and give it 100%.”

Q: From a player development standpoint, where do you see yourself in a year?

A: “In exactly one year, I see myself getting ready for my sophomore season in Juco ready to be drafted.”

Q: What do you think is your best tool for success?

A: ” My best tool for success overall is getting rid of any limitations you have set on yourself throughout the years.”

Headstrong athlete

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So, this kid is a confident player that has a short memory. That is a handy trait to have in the game of baseball. Also, he has shown the work ethic to make his dream possible. Furthermore, he has strong mechanics and instincts behind the plate. Reyes has the tools to be a steady everyday catcher defensively.

At the plate, the San Diego native has a nice swing that translates his power well. Although he is a pull hitter, the power is there. His small toe tap works to combat tough pitches and allow contact. Reyes’s level swing promotes hard hit balls and line drives.

With his work ethic and a great mindset, he will pursue his ambition to become a star in the MLB. If the Reds want a hard-working college player later in the draft, there is one in Bryan Reyes.

Next: The Reds continue to shop Billy Hamilton