Now that Mark Reynolds agreed to become Cleveland’s first baseman for 2013, Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona finally have a right-handed power hitter for the middle of their lineup.
Reynolds, 29, is not the flashiest move Cleveland has been working on in recent days. He is a definite step below Nick Swisher, Cody Ross, or an Asdrubal Cabrera trade, but Reynolds is a move in the right direction.
In Reynolds, Cleveland is filling a gaping hole at first base. After the Casey Kotchman failure last season, the team decided to acquire someone with actual power. No one will be mistaking Reynolds for Kotchman in the batters’ box in 2013, as Reynolds averages over 30 home runs per season.
Of course, that power comes with a price. Reynolds strikes out almost a third of the time he goes to the plate (32.6 K percentage) and struck out over 200 times in three separate seasons. That number of strikeouts has only been eclipsed five times in baseball history and Reynolds is responsible for three of them.
This high number of strikeouts makes it impossible for Reynolds to hit for a high batting average. Reynolds is a career .235 hitter, which is not a number associated with a difference-maker on offense. Despite his power, Reynolds can never carry an offense. Read More…
From Daily Kent Stater, December 14, 2012