Indians Slugger Franmil Reyes is Finally Catching Up with the Fastball

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Franmil Reyes is heating up.

If you’ve been following the Cleveland Indians over the past couple weeks, you’ll find such a statement obvious. After all, it’s hard to ignore the .316/.366/.553 slash line Cleveland’s slugger carried into Tuesday.

Or the .388 wOBA.

Or the wRC+ which is 45% above league average (145).

While it’s easy to revel in the numbers Reyes is currently putting up for the Tribe, it’s also easy to forget how much quieter he was at the plate to start the year. To be blunt, he looked alarmingly unsure of himself early on.

However, said slump appears to be behind him. Reyes is back to his hard-hitting ways, bringing life to an Indians lineup which has often lacked a pulse.

So what happened? What changed with Reyes? What occurred over the past two weeks that suddenly helped him shake off his cold start to the season?

Looking at the numbers, it seems as though Reyes was finally able to catch up with the fastball.

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Casey Drottar is a Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook


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