New York Mets prospects

Arizona Fall League: Matt Reynolds Extending Fine 2014 With Scottsdale Scorpions

By Michael Lecolant

The Arizona Fall League is a week into its season.

The Mets have 7 organizational players participating with the Scottsdale Scorpions:

Jul 4, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; MLB baseballs and a glove sit on the field prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, 23-year old prospect Matt Reynolds continued attracting positive attention.

Playing shortstop and batting 7th, Reynolds went 3 for 5 against the Sunrise Saguaros, and hit what proved to be the game-winning (2-run) home run in the top of the 10th inning.

After commencing his professional career with nondescript stops in Savannah and Port St. Lucie, Matt Reynolds split 2014 between Binghamton and Las Vegas, and produced what can be described as a break out season.

  • Binghamton: 58 games, 211 at-bats, 33 runs, 9 extra-base hits, 1 home run, 21 RBI, 6 stolen bases, .355/.430/.422/.852
  • Las Vegas: 68 games, 267 at-bats, 54 runs, 25 extra-base hits, 5 home runs, 40 RBI, 14 stolen bases, .333/.386/.479/.864
  • Combined Season: 478 at-bats, 87 runs, 34 extra-base hits, 6 home runs, 61 RBI, 20 stolen bases, .343/.405/.454/.859

Defensively, he played a combined 21 games at 2B and committed just 1 error in 92 chances.  However, Matt Reynolds’ potential and future value to the Mets obviously lies at shortstop.

  • Binghamton: 46 games, 189 chances, 8 errors, .958 FA
  • Las Vegas: 58 games, 242 chances, 8 errors, .967 FA

To put Matt’s glove work in simple perspective, consider Ruben Tejada posted a .984 FA in 2014, with 8 errors in 494 total chances, and owns a career .975 FA playing shortstop for the Mets.  Tejada also posted a 4.66 RF/9, while Matt Reynolds posted a 4.03 range factor at Las Vegas, and a lesser 3.93 mark at Binghamton.

As we know, Ruben Tejada was granted a Mets continuance during last year’s free agency period, when Jhonny Peralta quickly priced himself well beyond Sandy Alderson’s price range.  Otherwise, the Mets shortstop situation still remains wide open.

Sandy Alderson’s off-season strategy (if any) for addressing shortstop is not yet clear.

Now that Matt Reynolds enjoyed a successful, albeit short taste of AAA, it’s worth pondering whether he and Wilmer Flores have done enough to influence Alderson between seeking a short-term, or longer term solution.