Aside from the batting averages, Reese's run production remained pretty consistent all season long. He scored anywhere from 16 to 20 runs each of the first five months of the season and his extra-base hits each month were pretty even. Normally the epitome of consistency, his slow start to the year was surprising.
He did hit 20 points higher away from Cooper Stadium, collecting three more hits in eight less at-bats on the road than he did at home. A big reason for the discrepancy on the road was his superior strikeout-to-walk ratio (1-1) away from home, where it was nearly two to one. We're just slitting hairs now. The bottom line is Reese was consistent no matter his surroundings and he certainly did not get phased batting on the road.
Reese batted .286 in games in which he was either the left fielder or the team's designated hitter and hit just a combined .233 while playing either right field or center field for the Columbus Clippers in 2005. Surprisingly however, Reese did tend to hit for more power while playing right field or center field, slugging 55.5% of his hits for extra-bases in comparison to 35.5% of his hits for extra-bases while playing left field or the designated hitter.
While he has shown to be more comfortable at the plate while playing left field, Reese can contribute in other areas while filling in at the other outfield spots.
Throw in the fact that he actually hit lefties for more power, collecting 42.1% of his hits against them for extra-base hits (compared to a 38.7 extra-base hit percentage against righties), there's no reason to pinch-hit for Kevin Reese when he's in the lineup. His consistent success against both sets of pitchers is another check-mark in the positives column as to whether or not he's ready to contribute at the Major League level.
He hit .308 with runners in scoring position this past season and when there were runners in scoring position and with two outs, he chipped in with a .323 batting average. Whether he's leading off an inning or at the plate with a runner in scoring position, Reese is as consistent as they come. His versatility in all hitting situations is just another aspect of his game that could benefit the Yankees.
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