Matt Reynolds (reynoma03)
Matthew William Reynolds
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of Arkansas
- High School Bishop Kelley High School
- Debut May 17, 2016
Shortstop Matt Reynolds began his professional career in 2012.
He was taken by the New York Mets in the 2nd round of the 2012 amateur draft. The scout was Steve Gossett. With the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2012, he hit .259/.335/.367 in 42 games. Entering 2013, MLB.com ranked him the #18 prospect in the Mets system. He played 117 games with the St. Lucie Mets and a single match with the Binghamton Mets that year, hitting .225/.300/.335 with 5 home runs and 49 games. In 2014, he hit .355/.430/.422 in 55 games for Binghamton and .333/.385/.479 with 14 stolen bases in 68 games for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. Between them, he batted .343/.405/.454 with 20 stolen bases in 126 games. He was a MiLB.com Organization All-Star and an Arizona Fall League Rising Star. Despite hitting .375/.537/.583 during 2015 spring training, he was sent to the minor leagues and began the campaign with Las Vegas, where he spent the entire season, except for 5 games with the GCL Mets on a rehabilitation assignment. In 115 games in the Pacific Coast League, he hit .267/.319/.402 with 70 runs and 32 doubles.
The Mets added Reynolds to their roster for the 2015 NLCS, but his services were not required in a game as the Mets swept the Chicago Cubs in four games; in the World Series, he was replaced on the roster by Juan Uribe, thus missing a chance to become only the second player of the modern era, after Mark Kiger, to make his big league debut in the postseason. Ironically, Raul Mondesi took that title during the World Series, but with the Kansas City Royals.
Reynolds did make his major league debut for the Mets in 2016, in a regular season game on May 17th, when he went 0 for 3 as the team's starting third baseman against the Washington Nationals. He played 47 games that season, hitting .225 with 3 homers and 13 RBIs while starting games at four diffeernt positions. In 2017, he again split the season between AAA and the majors. With the Mets, he played six positions (adding RF and 1B to the SS, 2B, 3B and LF he had played the previous year), and hit .230 with 1 homer and 5 RBIs in 68 games. His ability to play multiple positions was clearly his biggest asset.