Shortstop Matt Reynolds has taken home the Pacific Coast league Player of the Week award for the week ending August 3, becoming the fourth Las Vegas player to receive that honor this season. Reynolds, the 71st overall pick in the 2012 draft, went 16-for-30 this week and posted six multi-hit games, including a four-hit game at Sacramento on Sunday. His slash line for the week was a robust .533/.576/.779.
Reynolds was drafted out of Arkansas as a third baseman, but with David Wright occupying the hot corner for the foreseeable future, he was quickly moved to the middle infield. After tearing up Double-A Binghamton for the first 58 games of the year, Reynolds was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. His bat has stayed hot, as he has hit .340/.399/.487 for the 51s. It's worth noting, though, that Reynolds has not hit like this in previous years. The 23-year-old hit only .226 for High-A Port St. Lucie in 2013, and his current batting average is certainly being bolstered by an astronomical .432 BABIP. At some point that number will regress back to the mean.
Despite his abnormally high BABIP, Reynolds's impressive play this year has to put him in the shortstop-of-the-future conversation, along with Wilmer Flores and Dilson Herrera. We can only wait and see whether the young Arkansas product continues to develop both at the plate and in the field.