By David Boclair
Bryan Reynolds always has been a man of few words.
The opportunity to play his first Major League game against the team that drafted and later traded him did not change that.
“Pretty funny,” he said, according to The Athletic.
The 24-year-old outfielder, a Brentwood High School graduate, got the word of his promotion shortly after midnight Saturday and was in the lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates that night against the San Francisco Giants. He batted fifth and played center field.
Reynolds singled in the fourth inning in his second — and final — at-bat of a game that was called after five innings due to weather. The Pirates won 3-1. He followed with three hits (two singles, one double) in four at-bats Sunday.
The Giants selected Reynolds in the second round of the 2016 draft following his junior season at Vanderbilt, and he played 278 minor league games before he earned his promotion. He hit .367 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 13 games at AAA Indianapolis this season and was ranked the No. 8 prospect in Pittsburgh’s system, according to MLB.com.
The Pirates acquired Reynolds a little more than a year ago in a trade that sent Andrew McCutchen, a five-time All-Star in nine seasons with Pittsburgh, to San Francisco.
“It’s pretty cool to get traded for a big-name guy,” Reynolds told The Athletic, “but I think I put that pressure on myself. The first spring training I went to (with the Pirates), I was terrible (1 for 21 hitting). After that, I stopped trying to be the replacement. When I try to be myself, I’m at my best.”
Reynolds is the 27th Commodore who played under Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt to appear in a Major League Baseball game.
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