Not that it should surprise anyone who has been following along the first week of the Minor League Baseball season, but the High-A Central League announced that Brian Rey is the Batter of the Week.
Over the first week of the season – encompassing May 3rd-9th – Brian Rey hit .333 while slugging 1.000 for the Dayton Dragons. He hit four home runs in five games during that span, out-homering many of the teams in the league. In the series against Great Lake, which covered the entire first week of the season, Rey drove in 12 runs. The Loons only scored 16 runs during the series, and they played an extra game that Rey didn’t play in.
While the first week is over and the second week has begun, Brian Rey hasn’t slowed down. He’s gone 3-8 with another home run and a stolen base in the first two games of the series against the Lansing Lugnuts. Through his seven games played this season he’s struck out twice, walked once, and clubbed seven extra-base hits. He’s currently hitting .345/.355/.931 on the season in his 31 plate appearances.
While the award was for what he’s done at the plate, Rey has provided some value in the field, too. He’s playing mostly at second base, where he’s gotten five starts. But he’s also started in center field twice for the Dragons as he’s moved around and that position flexibility has allowed more playing time for others on the roster who are limited to just one position on the field.
What is Rey’s ceiling, do you think? ML utility?