Brian Rey was the toughest player to strike out in the Cincinnati Reds farm system in 2018. He did strike out a bit more in 2019, but it was still a rare occurrence. His season didn’t get started right away, not joining the Dayton Dragons until the middle of May. The first week of the season went well enough as Rey hit .269/.344/.423. But it was the second week that saw him step things up as he hit .303 with three home runs to finish out the month.
He carried that into June. The month started out with an 0-4 game against South Bend, but picked up from there. Over the next five weeks he would hit .316/.321/.494 with 10 extra-base hits in 23 games played. There was only one walk in that time frame, but the hits, and extra-base hits were coming at high rates. Brian Rey would go into a bit of a slump over the next two-and-a-half weeks, going just 6-41 (.146) from July 6th through the 25th. He busted out on the 26th and for the next two weeks hit .354/.426/.625 for the Dragons with four walks and seven extra-base hits. He would be promoted to Daytona the next day.
That’s where things got tough for the Deltona, Florida native. A 30-minute drive from his home town, heading to Daytona must have felt great. But the start with the Tortugas was anything but. Over the first week in the Florida State League he went 0-22 with a walk and five strikeouts. Things did get better from there, but there were only a handful of games remaining in the season. Rey hit .269 over the remaining nine games and didn’t strike out once.
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Brian Rey Spray Chart
Brian Rey Scouting Report
Position: Second Base/Outfield | B/T: R/R
Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 170 lbs | Drafted: 13th Round (2018)
Born: February 22, 1998 in Deltona, Florida
Hitting | Brian Rey has an average hit tool. He has good bat control and can make plenty of contact.
Power | He’s got fringe-average power. Most of his power is to the pull-side.
Running | Rey has above-average speed on the bases. It hasn’t led to many stolen bases to this point in his career, though.
Defense | He’s seen action at second base and in the outfield. He’s a solid second baseman. In the outfield he’s got plenty of speed to handle the corners – where he played a majority of the time in 2019 – but at times his routes could improve.
Arm | His arm is solid-average. It will play fine in left field or second base, but is stretched a little bit in right field.
After not showing much power in his debut with Greeneville after the draft in 2018, Brian Rey stepped things up in 2019 in that department. In 283 at-bats he had 18 doubles and 9 home runs. The home run power is mostly going to be to the pull side, but there’s enough power there for him to get into the double-digits in the future and push that total into the teens.
He shows a solid understanding of the strikezone and he makes contact at a high rate. He struck out just 12.9% of the time he stepped to the plate in 2019. That was the 6th lowest strikeout rate in the organization this season. One of the side effects of a high contact rate, though, is the low walk rate. Out of 66 players who had at least 200 plate appearances in the organization, Rey’s 4.2% walk rate was 61st. That’s a rate you would prefer to creep up a little bit as he continues to climb the ladder.
The offensive profile fits better at second base than in the corner outfield, even with the uptick in offense at the position around the league in recent years. That said, Rey could very well have a profile that works as a utility guy. He’s already gotten experience in both the outfield and infield in his young career.
Longest Home Run of the Year
416 Feet on July 27th.
Interesting Stat on Brian Rey
He showed very big home/road splits in 2019. On the road he hit .290/.326/.492. But at home he hit just .233/.291/.358.
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