A Closer Look at Zach Reks

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(Photo Credit: Cody Roper/Oklahoma City Dodgers)

While he may not be considered a prospect by some industry standards, 26-year-old Zach Reks is just another example of the strong outfield depth of the Dodgers, as he continues to impress with his bat almost every opportunity he is given.

Reks is one of 19 players not included on the club’s 40-man roster to be invited to the big league side of this year’s spring camp. So far during Cactus League play, the left-handed hitting, righty throwing Chicago native is batting a stellar .417/.588/.917 over his first 10 games. During that time, he has gone 5-for-12 with three doubles, one long ball and two RBI, primarily playing left field.

It goes without saying that one of the biggest parts of Reks’ game that has emerged recently is his power.

In 2018, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder hit .303/.374/.424 with just five HR over 88 games between High-A Rancho and Double-A Tulsa. However, he finished his 2019 campaign slashing .291/.385/.536 with an impressive 28 homers, 21 doubles and 93 RBI over 121 combined games at Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

“Some little swing changes allowed me to use my lower half a little bit more efficiently and get the ball in the air a little more often,” Reks recently told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times about his power surge. “I started figuring out how to get through the ball a little more and just trusted my bat-to-ball skills.”

His production at the plate is certainly one of the chief factors behind his invite to spring camp.

During his high school days, Reks hit an astonishing .609 over his career in league play at Carl Sandburg High School in Illinois.

After high school,  Reks began his collegiate career at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but transferred to the University of Kentucky after his sophomore year. Upon his arrival at Kentucky, he decided to tryout for the team as a walk-on after having been convinced by one of his friends and future teammates.

Over his two years as a Wildcat, he hit .344 with 10 homers, 21 doubles and 66 RBI.

Following his selection in the 10th round of the 2017 MLB draft, Reks still had enough time to hit .317/.384/.391 with two HR and 12 RBI over 47 combined games with rookie level Ogden, Low-A Great Lakes and Rancho that same year.

In late April of 2019, Reks was named Texas League Player of the Week after going 11-for-20 and hitting two home runs during a six-game hitting streak over a seven-game span. After being promoted to OKC in mid-May, he launched a three-run bomb against Omaha in his very first AB. One night later, he added his second-career Triple-A long ball in a losing cause.

Looking towards the 2020 season, Reks will conceivably be one of the featured bats in the middle of the Oklahoma City batting order. Still, with talent like DJ Peters, Cody Thomas and Luke Raley right beside him—not to mention the seven other outfielders ahead of him on the big league roster—there’s no way to tell exactly where Reks lines up in the organizational pecking order.

“You know there are people in front of you and a lot of talent in the organization, but you can only control what you can control,” Reks said.

 

6 thoughts on “A Closer Look at Zach Reks

  1. There will probably be an opening in left field next year if not sooner if JOC gets traded this year. If Dodgers sign Betts then unlikely Dodgers resign JOC and will save money with young guy from OKC .Lots of competition for that spot tho. Reks has to continue to produce and develop some more power

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    1. I honestly do not believe that Joc is going to get moved. I think that ship has sailed. I think he will have a very good season since it is a contract year for him. Yelich about to sign a huge deal with the Brewers. No game today.

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  2. I watched my first complete Laker game tonight. I have watched pieces of others, but with nothing on TV except politics, I watched the game. I have to say, Davis is one impressive athlete. When he gets on a roll he is almost unstoppable. The rest of the team looked pretty good too. Howard made some exceptional plays. Lot different than the first time he was a Laker.

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    1. It makes sense to me to keep Joc and let him do his contract year thing then wish him well. He is what he is and that is a productive player against 60% of the arms in this league. It doesn’t matter how he arrived where he finds himself, what matters is the Dodgers have opportunity to have a 50 home run 100+RBI, 100 runs scored left field platoon that might over a long season include 4 players. I’m fine with it. Raley, Reks, Peters, Thomas, Pollock, Pederson with obviously the bulk of the work going to Pederson. Add Hernandez and Taylor to the mix and looking forward the outfield looks stacked to me. I anticipate a couple of those minor leaguers to step up, or maybe step back this year, but, whatever happens is going to be fun to watch.

      This really is an exciting time to be a Dodger fan. I can hardly wait to watch all of this unfold.

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      1. There was a little blurb that the Dodgers are 7 deep on the 26 man out there in the outfield. Plenty of depth, and that is insurance against an injury. Kersh pitching today against Cueto and the Giants.

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