BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues are back on track with a 4-1 record over their last five contests heading into the All-Star break.
In the four wins, Bristol’s offense scored 23 runs, and a big reason for that was outfielder Dylan Reynolds.
“He’s been very consistent lately for us,” Bristol manager Ronnie Palmer said. “He’s got a good work ethic and has a very calm approach in the batter’s box. He’s a quiet hitter and he puts a lot of balls in play. Lately the balls he’s put in play have been base hits and he’s been pretty clutch for us lately and it seems as though the more opportunities that we’ve given him, he’s taken advantage of them, so he’ll continue to get them.”
Since July 1, he has raised his average from .262 to .313, second best on the roster. And over the last five games Reynolds is batting .538 with a pair of doubles and three RBI.
While the improvement has shown, Reynolds hasn’t changed his routine.
“I just try to have a good mindset at the plate and go out each time and have a good at bat,” Reynolds said. “I want to do something productive for the team and find any way to win. It’s good going out there knowing everybody is putting their backs against the wall and really playing hard and trying to get wins for this organization and this town.”
The junior from Fairfield University impacts the game on the base paths too, as he is third on the team in steals with eight.
His impact on the bases has not previously been seen in his collegiate career. At Fairfield, Reynolds hasn’t stolen a bag in his first two seasons. So his ability to beat high-end catchers in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League is a sign of something Reynolds may integrate next season for Fairfield.
“I’ve definitely become a better player in Bristol this summer,” Reynolds said. “The goal was to enter the fall as a better player and I’d say I’m already better than when I got here.”
With the All-Star break in session, Reynolds will look to keep rolling when the team returns to the playing field this Thursday night against the North Shore Navigators in front of the home crowd.
Playing in front of the Blues fans is something Reynolds has enjoyed.
“This summer has been great,” Reynolds said. “It’s been fun getting to play with guys from all around the Northeast, playing for different [college] teams. And I love Bristol. It’s a great place and a great place for fans.”