Pirates management has been roasted for two high-profile trades that have, to this point, turned sour (shipping Gerrit Cole to the Astros, and acquiring Chris Archer from the Rays). It's only fair, then, to give them some praise for the Andrew McCutchen deal. In exchange for one year of McCutchen's services, the Pirates acquired six years of team control over both reliever Kyle Crick and outfielder Bryan Reynolds.
Crick has emerged as a high-leverage reliever in an otherwise flammable Pirates bullpen. And Reynolds? A switch-hitting 24-year-old drafted in the second round by the Giants in 2016, Reynolds has emerged as a stealth NL Rookie of the Year candidate despite having practically zero experience at the Triple-A level. He's not just raking, either. Reynolds is flashing the kind of well-rounded skill-set that could make him a quality contributor even if his bat cools off a bit. How is Reynolds doing this, and what might the future hold? Let's break it down.