The New York Mets officially announced they have added infielder Matt Reynolds to their National League Division Series roster after the unfortunate injury to Ruben Tejada in Game 2 of the series. The Mets also announced that Tejada will not require surgery. So great to hear that, Tim Stauffer was designated for assignment to make room for Reynolds on the 40.
Wilmer Flores is expected to get the majority of playing time during the post season with Reynolds serving as a back-up. Reynolds though could also provide some good punch off the bench and give Terry Collins a capable pinch runner as well.
After a strong spring training this year, some had expected Reynolds to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster. But instead Reynolds was assigned to Triple-A and had a strong season for Wally Backman‘s 51’s in Las Vegas.
Reynolds hit .267 (119-445) with 70 runs scored, 32 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 65 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 115 games with Las Vegas. He was named to the mid-season PCL All-Star team.
The Mets’ second-round pick in 2012 from the University of Arkansas, Reynolds has mainly played shortstop for the Mets in the minors. But he was also asked to play some second base as well this year to make himself a more useful player to the team.
Reynolds, more known for his bat, still was able to put up decent fielding numbers in the minors this past season. In 466 chances while playing the field this year, Reynolds committed 12 errors. 412 of those chances came at short, while 54 came from playing second base.
“We just thought it was going to be important if Matt’s going to be the guy, we are protected at shortstop with a guy who has played a lot at shortstop,” Collins said.
It’s worth noting as well that Reynolds would be only the second player in Major League history to make his debut in the post season. The other would be Mark Kiger, who in 2006 made his major league debut for the Oakland A’s as a pinch runner.
The Mets don’t expect to rely too much on Reynolds in the series, but he really could come in handy and maybe impress team officials in the playoffs.
Congratulations to Matt!