Reynolds posts second straight three-hit game

No. 3 Giants prospect heating up in first California League season

Bryan Reynolds is tied for second in the California League in batting and fourth in on-base percentage. (Tim Cattera/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com | April 19, 2017 12:51 AM ET

Early on in Tuesday's game, Bryan Reynolds got a good feeling about where the night could be heading.

"I think everybody enjoys getting a couple hits in their first two at-bats," the Giants' third-ranked prospect said. "And by the way it was looking, it looked like we would have about nine at-bats."


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The 22-year-old center fielder didn't come to the plate nine times, but he did record his second straight three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and boosting his slash line to .375/.457/.475 while leading Class A Advanced San Jose to a 3-2 win over visiting Visalia.

"I was just trying to focus on seeing the ball and trying to stay inside it and stay through it," he said. "Just trying to do what I could do with the pitch that was there."

The California League was off on Sunday for Easter, and the Giants and Rawhide were rained out on Monday.

"Days off are both positive and negative," the 2016 second-round pick said. "They're positive because you get to cool your head and rest your body, but they're negative because you're not hitting, not getting those at-bats in. I think I kind of benefited from it, just to get away for a day, to clear my head and come back ready to go."

Ready to go indeed.

In the first inning, the switch-hitting Reynolds pulled the third pitch he saw from right-hander and No. 26 D-backs prospect Justin Donatella into right field. After scoring on a double by Giants No. 15 prospect Aramis Garcia, he lined Donatella's first offering in the bottom of the second to left for another base hit.

Video: Bryan Reynolds smacks a single for the Giants

Up against Donatella a final time in the fifth, the Vanderbilt product was first-pitch swinging again.

"It was a changeup [that] I just kind of capped between the pitcher and first," he said. "It was like a modified bunt, really."

Using his above-average speed, Reynolds beat it out.

"I love getting to sprint to first," he said. "Sometimes you go through a stretch where you don't get to sprint for a few games because you're either striking out or popping up, so I love to have the chance to sprint to first."

The Maryland-born outfielder also put together three-hit performances at Inland Empire in each of the first two games of the season.

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"It was nice to get some knocks in early. It gives you a little bit of practice going forward, but it's a long season," Reynolds said. "You can't get too wrapped up in a couple of games. You've got clear it and get back after it. You can't let one good or bad game affect the next. If you have a real bad game, you can't let that get into your next game with negative thoughts; and if you have a real good game, you can't let yourself get lackadaisical."

Matt Krook, the Giants' No. 14 prospect, allowed an unearned run on a hit and five walks over four innings. He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.

No. 15 D-backs prospect Sergio Alcantara singled, walked, stole a base and scored a run for the Rawhide.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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