|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||9/5/1993|
|Height, Weight||5'8", 175 lbs|
|From||Santo Domingo, DOM|
Reyes' chances of making the Opening Day roster may have been bolstered by the team's decision to pick Erik Gonzalez as its starting shortstop over Kevin Newman.
Given that Newman still has minor-league options remaining, it's possible the team could choose to give Newman full-time reps at Triple-A rather than having him come off the bench for the Pirates. For his part, Reyes is batting .250 in 32 spring at-bats with a pair of home runs. He has the ability to move around the infield on defense and can play anywhere in the outfield. He'd also give Pittsburgh a center field backup to Starling Marte. Adam Frazier is the emergency center fielder, but management would like to keep him firmly at second base.
Reyes, who was hit by a pitch in the left triceps Sunday, remained in the game and later connected for his second solo homer of the spring.
Pittsburgh is playing the utility man all over the field, but how he handles shortstop might well determine whether he makes the Opening Day roster. He's appeared in seven of the team's first nine games and is off to a good start with five hits in 15 at-bats. The 25-year-old hit for a higher average with Pittsburgh (.293) than he did at Triple-A Indianapolis (.284) in 2018, so it remains to be seen whether he can replicate his early success. Reyes was caught in his lone stolen-base attempt for the Bucs last September but swiped 16 bags in minor-league play.