Monday, December 12, 2016

UF Baseball: Danny Reyes to Transfer from Florida

Earlier this week, I received news from an inside source that sophomore outfielder Danny Reyes was leaving the University of Florida baseball program. He reportedly will be transferring to Broward College for a year and then seeking to rejoin the ranks of D1 baseball at the University of Miami.

This news comes as a surprise to an avid Gator baseball fan like myself. Appearing sporadically throughout his freshman season, Reyes played a big role down the stretch last year. In the 2016 SEC Tournament, the 6'2 righty out of Miami Springs had his coming out party.

Reyes hitting against Eastern Michigan.
In his four games of action in Hoover, Alabama, Reyes hit three doubles as he went 6-16 (.375) with four RBI's and a run scored.

In the Gainesville Regional, he continued to see expanded playing time as he started all three games. In those contests, he batted 4-9 (.444) with a double, a triple, his first-career collegiate home run, five RBI's, and three runs scored. His performance would earn him a spot on the 2016 NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team.

As Florida advanced to the super regional round, Reyes started both Games 1 and 2. Between the two games he mustered one hit in five at-bats (.200).

In the College World Series against Texas Tech, Reyes made what would be the final start of his Florida career. He went 1-3 with a single while also grounding into a double play with runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth inning. In his final official at-bat as a Florida Gator, Reyes grounded out to second base on a 1-1 count.

Reyes final career stats after one year as a Florida Gator are as follows:

Reyes hitting against FSU in Game 1 of Super Regionals.
  • 14 Hits
  • 11 RBI's
  • 3 Doubles
  • 1 Triple
  • 1 Home Run
  • .269 Batting Average
  • .423 Slugging Percentage
  • .278 On Base Percentage 
  • 1 Stolen Base
  • 6 Runs Scored
  • 1 Sacrifice Fly
  • 10 Strikeouts
  • 1 Walk
  • 1 Assist
  • 16 Putouts
  • 1.000 Fielding Percentage
  • 24 Games Played
  • 12 Games Started

Final Takeaway
Reyes took care of business both on and off the field as he was a member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. Some final career notes on him are that he had four multi-hit games and his longest hitting streak was four games as well.

It seemed like Reyes would at least for compete for a starting outfield spot in fall ball, but I guess circumstances have changed. If you ask me, it's probably looking like sophomore Nelson Maldonado in left field, true freshman Andrew Baker in center field, and senior Ryan Larson splitting time with others in right field. With that potential starting outfield, it makes sense for Reyes to get out and get more exposure and playing time elsewhere

I wish Danny the absolute best as he makes the transition back to South Florida for college baseball. His short time here at UF was fun to watch, especially once his bat caught fire in the postseason. I look forward to following his career with the Green and Orange if he winds up playing there when it's all said and done.



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