Reyes slashed an impressive .357/.367/.464 in 12 Grapefruit League games before MLB suspended play. Reyes looked good in 69 games with the Tigers last season, slashing .304/.336/.431 and stealing nine bases. The 25-year-old's MLB roster spot is secure heading into 2020, but he is likely to compete with Christin Stewart, JaCoby Jones and Cameron Maybin for playing time. At this point, it looks like Reyes will start in right while Maybin will serve as a veteran fourth outfielder and possibly spell Stewart in left field against left-handed starters. If Reyes ends up starting most games, he could be a decent fantasy outfielder who offers a mix of power and speed.
Reyes' roster spot is safe even after the recent addition of outfielder Cameron Maybin, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The veteran Maybin was given a major-league contract by the Tigers, so the team definitely intends for him to play a role. At 25 years old, Reyes fits Detroit's competitive timeline far better, so he's expected to continue to play quite frequently. He looked good in 69 games last season, hitting .304/.336/.431 with nine steals while spending the majority of his time in center field.
Reyes went 1-for-2 with a walk, stolen base and a run scored Sunday in the Tigers' 5-3 loss to the White Sox. Reyes will carry a four-game hitting streak into 2020 and may have earned himself an everyday role as the Tigers' leadoff man in the process. The 24-year-old was one of the few bright spots for the Tigers as the team played out the string in a 114-loss season, slashing .323/.343/.464 with three home runs and eight stolen bases in 52 games following his July 30 callup.
Reyes is not in the lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Reyes has improved at the plate as he's gotten more experience. After recording a .527 OPS in 219 plate appearances last year, he posted a .627 OPS this July, a .783 OPS in August and an .821 OPS in September. Harold Castro will start in center field in his absence.
Reyes went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI while also stealing a base in Thursday's 10-4 loss to the Twins. Reyes continued his strong September, as he's now slashing .316/.337/.484 this month, which comes on the heels of a .321/.339/.443 line in August. It's been a lost season for the Tigers, but the emergence of the 24-year-old outfielder has been a bright spot.