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Minor League Mondays: Matt Reynolds Could Become First Alderson Draftee to Reach Major Leagues

August 11th, 2014 at 8:59 PM
By Mike Phillips

For all the talk about the Mets' improved farm system under Sandy Alderson, he is still awaiting his first draftee to make the major league roster. All of the team's top young pieces on the major league roster were either drafted by Omar Minaya (Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia etc.) or acquired via trade (Zack Wheeler, Travis d'Arnaud). Alderson's draftees have taken a slower road to the major leagues, but the first one to reach Flushing could be an unexpected candidate: Las Vegas shortstop Matt Reynolds. Reynolds' development is the focus of this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.

Reynolds, 23, was a 2nd round draft pick in 2012 from the University of Arkansas. Reynolds started his pro career slowly, hitting only .259 with Savannah in 2012 and .226 with Port St. Lucie last season. The light went on for Reynolds this season, however, who lit up the Eastern League in the first half of the year. Reynolds hit .355 for Binghamton in 58 games with a home run and 21 RBI's. Reynolds also became an on base machine, racking up a .430 on base percentage for the B-Mets.

Reynolds' strong first half earned him a promotion to Las Vegas for the second half, where he has continued to hit. Reynolds has hit .330 over his first 46 games with the 51's, collecting three more homers and 23 RBI's as well. Reynolds hasn't gotten on base at quite the same clip as he did in Binghamton, but he is still posting a respectable .385 on base percentage. Reynolds has also become a versatile defender, playing shortstop with the 51's as well as having some background at second and third as well.

Reynolds likely won't be a starter at the major league level, but he could be a super sub type next season. Reynolds has the potential to be a Justin Turner like player for the Mets, and the Mets have missed Turner's pinch hitting ability this season. If Reynolds gets a cameo appearance in September with the Mets, he could get a chance to supplant Ruben Tejada as a backup middle infielder. Reynolds also could give the Mets insurance in the middle infield in case they want to move a guy like Wilmer Flores in an offseason trade. While the Mets are likely to let Reynolds stay with the 51's through the minor league playoffs, he has a shot to make his major league debut after the 51's season is over.

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