Reyes, Figgins, and Bourn are very similar type leadoff hitters and baseball players.
Even though he was out almost all last season because of injuries, his career numbers are eye-popping. Reyes is still one of the best, and one reason why is because he is still super young.
He is only 26 years old, and he will now continue to just get better, and if he rebounds from his injury-plagued season, then he will possibly boost backup to being a higher ranked leadoff hitter.
Reyes is just like Bourn, except better and a little younger, even though he's been in the majors longer. Like Bourn, Reyes has wheels, wheels, wheels, and blazing range and speed.
Reyes may be one of if not the fastest guys in baseball along with Bourn, and will continue to dominate the basepaths by stealing bags, and stacking up on runs. Reyes has the potential to possibly be the fastest guy in baseball history, and possibly be the all-time steals leader if he keeps going at this rate. He makes stealing look so easy and does it in his sleep.
2009 Stats: .279 Average, 2 Home Runs, 15 RBI, 18 Runs, .355 OBP, .395 SLG, .750 OPS, 41 Hits, 18 Walks, 19 Strikeouts, 11 Stolen Bases, 7 Doubles, 2 Triples, and 147 At-Bats.
Career Stats: .286 Average, 63 Home Runs, 325 RBI, 551 Runs, .337 OBP, .435 SLG, .772 OPS, 960 Hits, 259 Walks, 405 Strikeouts, 301 Stolen Bases, 162 Doubles, 73 Triples, and 3353 At-Bats.
Basically ignore his 2009 stats. His career stats speak for themselves. This kid is only 26 years old and he already has 301 stolen bases; that is absurd.
This kid definitely has the potential to possibly be one of the best leadoff hitters of all time, and could even be better than Ichiro.
Reyes must be a better team leader than he already is, and must acquire a lot more awards just like Ichiro.
Reyes does have some pop in his bat as other leadoff hitters do not. He has hit over 10 home runs in three seasons, giving his team an early lead in many games.
He also racks up runs, and with this guy at the top of a lineup, he will help a team win more games than the opposing team because of his skills. Reyes might win some Gold Glove awards if he can get his defense to be better, but don't look for him to ever win a MVP award.
Reyes has a pretty good amount of awards already in his young and successful career thus far: 2x All-Star (2006-2007), 2007 Silver Slugger Award winner, led MLB in triples (2005, 2006, 2008), led NL in stolen bases (2005-2007), Mets all-time leader in triples and stolen bases, Player of the Month April 2007, 2x Player of the Week June 18 and June 25, 2006, and led NL in hits in 2008.
Reyes really does remind me a lot like Ichiro, except a faster, stronger, and more upbeat kind of player along with more pop in his bat. However, Reyes's defense is not that great, and Ichiro will always have him passed up on defense.
Reyes has all the tools to be one of the best leadoff hitters in the game today, and to continue being one of the best. He has blazing speed, stacks up on runs, has pop, and gets on base. Reyes can hit in a good amount of runs from the leadoff spot and will continue to do so.
Reyes is so good that he could really hit anywhere in the lineup and be successful, except the cleanup and fifth spot, but Reyes should stay at leadoff because at age 26 he has proven to be one of the best leadoff hitters.
Jerry Manuel should leave Reyes alone and keep him at the top of the lineup and let him do his magic and not worry about moving him into the second or third spot in the lineup.
Reyes will just keep getting better, so let's all just watch Reyes do his magic and stack up on stolen bases and runs.
Watch for him to continue to get awards, and possibly some new ones that he does not have yet. Reyes is emerging as one of the best things that has happened to the New York Mets franchise.