Brewers Sign Pablo Reyes To Minor League Deal (www.baseball-reference.com)

The Brewers have signed utilityman

to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy (Twitter link).  The deal contains an invite to Milwaukee’s big league spring camp.

Reyes didn’t play during the 2020 season due to an 80-game PED suspension issued in February.  He elected to become a free agent after the season, ending a nine-year stint as a member of the Pirates organization.  After initially signing as a minor league free agent with the Bucs in 2012, Reyes hit .278/.351/.421 over 2587 plate appearances in Pittsburgh’s farm system.

This solid bat and the ability to play all over the field (though Reyes was mostly a shortstop and second baseman in the minors) got Reyes a look at the MLB level in both 2018 and 2019.  Debuting with a strong .832 OPS over 63 PA in 2018, Reyes struggled at the plate in 2019, hitting only .203/.274/.322 in 157 plate appearances while also missing about a month of action due to an ankle injury.  Reyes spent much of his time on the Pirates’ active roster as an outfielder.

The Brewers often prioritize multi-positional players, so the Reyes signing gives the team another versatile option to consider heading into Spring Training.  Reyes is a right-handed hitter, which could make it a bit of an uphill battle for him to break camp considering the Brewers already have quite a bit of right-handed depth.



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