New York Mets minor leaguer Wilmer Reyes showed us in 2019 that he’s more than just a prospect with a nostalgic name.
Is there any better name for a New York Mets minor leaguer than Wilmer Reyes? Add to the fact that he’s from the Dominican Republic just like Jose Reyes, we can also feel some comfort in knowing another Wilmer is potentially on the way. Of course, Wilmer Flores will always be number one to many.
This Reyes, the Wilmer one, is a 21-year-old infielder on the rise in the Mets farm system. In his first three professional seasons, his overall numbers don’t stand out. This changed in 2019 as a member of the New York-Penn League Champion Brooklyn Cyclones. There, Reyes slashed .323/.350/.441 while smacking 5 home runs and driving in 33.
Reyes also had a chance to show off his base running ability and speed. He stole 12 bases or the Cyclones this season. Swiping bags has been a part of his game since first joining the Mets organization back in 2016 as a teenager.
This season, Reyes primarily played shortstop. As a pro ballplayer, he has logged the majority of his innings at second base with opportunities to play first base, third base, left field, and center field as well. It’s not unusual for players at the lower minor leagues to play a different position each night. However, shortstop may have become the spot where we’ll see him most moving forward.
One thing the Mets aren’t short on is notable prospects at shortstop. Their number one guy at the moment according to MLB.com is Ronny Mauricio. Their former number one guy, Andres Gimenez, also plays the position.
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Reyes isn’t yet as high on rankings as either of them or other guys who man the position down on the farm for this franchise. Still years away from having any shot at sipping some big league coffee, a position change could always come at any moment.