Mark Reynolds played both first and third base this season. While his glove was not a positive asset for the club, his bat seemed to excel in many categories. I decided to take a look at a comparison of his stats versus the rest of the qualifying players at first and third base. These statistics were all taken from Fangraphs:
Third Base had 14 qualifying players in 2011:
As you can see from above, Reynolds’ bat was above average at third base. The two outlier stats were HR and SO. The next highest HR total was from Adrain Beltre with 32. The next highest SO total was from Casey McGehee with 104.
First Base had 24 qualifying players in 2011:
Reynolds’ number clearly fall a little closer towards the middle of the pack at first base, but still are respectable enough for him to hold his own.
Overall, Reynolds offers a legitimate asset with his bat. It is up to his defense to determine whether or not he can be a positive all-around asset in the future. It will be interesting to see how the Orioles view Reynolds as a player this off-season. The moves they make could largely show how they indeed view him.