Baby Birdland's 2017 Mid-Season Top 15 Baltimore Orioles' Prospects: #10 3B Jomar Reyes

Just as we did after the conclusion of the 2016 season, the writers here at Baby Birdland, as well as our primary photo supplier Patrick Cavey, all submitted a Top 15 list and we averaged those lists together to get our all encompassing Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospects list. Continuing on with our in-depth look at each of the Top 15 Orioles’ prospects, we have reached #10, third baseman Jomar Reyes.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

Reyes, 20, has seemed to be a mainstay on Orioles' top prospects lists for years now despite the fact that he is still just 20 years old. That's because he was signed as a 16 year old by the Orioles out of the Dominican Republic and has the tools to be a big-time power hitter.

After struggling for much of 2016, Reyes had appeared to make the necessary adjustments at the plate to begin the 2017 season. Over the first 21 games for the Frederick Keys, Reyes hit .321 with seven extra-base hits, 10 RBI and scored 13 runs.

Unfortunately, he has not played since April 28 due to breaking his pinky finger on his right hand after punching a wall that ultimately resulted in surgery. He is expected to begin playing again soon (as of July 25th).

I often get asked why so many think Reyes has power potential when he has never hit more than 10 home runs in a season. Fair question, but all you have to do is watch him and you see why.

He stands at 6'3'' and 220 pounds, while boasting a quick swing at the plate, which, I firmly believe will result in big-time power numbers as he matures as a player. Some people tend to think he should be matured by now, but keep in mind that he is just 20 years old.

The biggest thing he needs to work on at the plate is his plate discipline, which before getting hurt earlier this year, he seemed to make vast improvements in that area.

Overall, it's his defense that is the biggest issue for Reyes. I've seen him play countless times, and the issue certainly isn't his arm (he has a cannon), but his footwork and overall speed at third base is poor. I believe that he is going to have to eventually move to first base, which in this organization is an issue due to Chris Davis being locked in for several years.

The raw power that Reyes has, combined with his age make him an attractive prospect, but he is going to have to improve his plate discipline and defensive footwork to take the next step.

Of the five lists submitted by Baby Birdland writers, Reyes appeared on four of them and was ranked as high as 8th.

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