Met fans who are worried about Wilmer Flores’ tenure as the starting shortstop have bookmarked the name Matt Reynolds in their minds. He was drafted as a third baseman in 2012 but was never destined to play third base in the majors. Naturally, it might confuse people why the Mets would draft an underpowered third baseman in the second round, but Reynolds was never intended as a third baseman when they picked him. His range and hands would allow him to cover the field at either shortstop or second baseman.
In 2014, Reynolds displayed an ability to hit, run and play defense to levels that scouts did not think possible. In 58 games for the Binghamton Mets, Reynolds managed an .852 OPS and earned himself a promotion to AAA. For Las Vegas Reynolds kept rolling along and began to show more speed and more power. 2014 put Reynolds on the map.
This Spring continued to build his mystique. In his limited showing he made people whisper his name as a potential internal solution to the troubling shortstop position. All that remained was for him to continue to produce and prove that 2014 wasn’t a flash in the pan.
Thus far, he has done that in spades. He’s hitting .348 and has 8 extra base hits (6 doubles, a triple and a home run). He’s also managed to steal several bases and all within the first 11 games. One thing is sure, if Flores gets hurt, Ruben Tejada is not the primary backup option anymore.
Dilson Herrera is heating up – He didn’t start well but the average and OPS is on the steady rise.
Travis Taijeron has turned on the power – He’s hitting the ball with authority and might demand a shot should the outfield take a few injuries.
Darin Gorski finally showing his stuff in AAA – He’s never shined in AAA before but he’s starting to pitch well for Vegas.
Jack Leathersich continues to tease us – He’s looking like a future closer again with an 18.00 K/9 and no walks. How long does this last?
T.J. Rivera keeps hitting – Rivera has no prospect pedigree but all he’s done in the minors is hit, hit and hit.
Gavin Cecchini is still doing alright – We wait for the other shoe to drop but maybe, just maybe he’s a prospect again.
Luis Cessa is pitching masterfully – 11 innings pitched, 5 hits and 12 Ks is a pretty good start for the season.
Michael Conforto is a big-time hitter – Four home runs to start the year and more walks than Ks and consider the baseball world put on notice.
Champ Stuart still looking sharp – He’s still hitting well and running better.
Akeel Morris continues his strong showing in relief – Since switching to relief Morris has been a revelation. His 2015 has continued to show the success he discovered in 2014.
Casey Meisner is the class of Savannah – The other pitchers are scuffling but Meisner still looks strong for the Sand Gnats.