2021 All-Star Game: Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds named as National League reserve

July 4th, 2021

Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds has been named to the National League All-Star team as a reserve for this year’s All-Star Game at Coors Field. The announcement was made tonight by Major League Baseball.

The first-time All-Star earned a trip to this year’s Midsummer Classic through the player ballot. Reynolds, who will join starting second baseman Adam Frazier for this year’s game, gives the Pirates multiple representatives at the All-Star Game for the eighth time in the last 10 Midsummer Classics. He is also the first Pirates outfielder to be named to the All-Star Game since Starling Marte in 2016.

The 26-year-old Reynolds entered today ranked fifth among all National League hitters in batting (.310), third in on-base percentage (.396), seventh in slugging (.540), sixth in OPS (.936), tied for fifth in hits (89), tied for sixth in extra base hits (36) and eighth in total bases (155).

Reynolds came into today with a .948 OPS as an outfielder; the fourth-highest in all of Major League Baseball at that position, trailing only fellow All-Stars Jesse Winker (.989), Nick Castellanos (.982) and Ronald Acuña Jr (.978).

Reynolds has also emerged as one of the top defenders in all of Major League Baseball, ranking second among National League center fielders and seventh in all of MLB with four outs above average. He also ranks 12th in all of Major League Baseball among position players and fourth among all outfielders in the league in Wins Above Replacement (3.2) according to FanGraphs, trailing only Ronald Acuna Jr. (3.7), Nick Castellanos (3.5) and Cedric Mullins (3.5).

Since breaking into the big leagues in 2019, Reynolds has also been one of the top switch hitters in all of MLB. He began today ranked first in batting average (.289), second in OPS (.850) and fourth in OBP (.364) and slugging (.486) among all switch hitters in MLB since the beginning of the 2019 campaign.

COURTESY PITTSBURGH PIRATES & MLBpressbox.com

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