The Clinton LumberKings’ recent struggles defy the math in our full report on the Marlins Single-A affiliate. First baseman Sean Reynolds talks to us (8:20) about his power, the advanced numbers we’ve come to know him by, his “bond” with LumberKings manager/former big leaguer Mike Jacobs (15:53), beating the shift (19:12), and what it was like growing into a 6-foot-7 frame (we asked him the basketball question).
Following the Reynolds interview, we highlight the season-to-date stats and performances from several other key LumberKings players (28:30).
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Competing in full-season ball for the first time, Reynolds is slashing .220/.324/.423 (118 wRC+) with five home runs. Disadvantaged by a huge strike zone and lots of swings-and-misses, his 51.4 strikeout rate is worst among all qualifiers in Minor League Baseball.
But he overcomes that to be a productive player overall by making hard contact. The 21-year-old’s homer below traveled an estimated 456 feet, and the majority of his hits in 2019 have gone for extra bases.
Reynolds previously spoke to Fish Stripes at fall instructionals, so make sure to check that out here for additional background info and analysis of his unique skill set.
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