by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
With David Wright set to hit the DL (missing 4-6 weeks) and Lucas Duda already out, the Mets appear to having gaping holes at both corner infield spots. James Loney was brought in to fill in at 1B and Wilmer Flores may get the bulk of the work at 3B, but the Mets are also expected to recall Matt Reynolds today.
Reynolds has been seeing time all across the infield at Triple-A this season, so he certainly adds some flexibility:
- Second Base – 4 games
- Third Base – 15 games
- Shortstop – 17 games
He has struggled at the plate, hitting .230 with 2 HR and 4 SB over 139 AB. He spent last season at Triple-A, hitting .267, so the struggles are a concern. The biggest issue has been a significant jump in strikeouts, a problem that has never plagued him before:
- 2015 (490 PA) – 18.8%
- 2016 (152 PA) – 28.3%
Part of it may be associated to a small sample size and he was particularly bad in May (25 K in 58 AB), plus he posted a 19.9% strikeout rate in his first taste at Triple-A back in 2014. In other words there is some hope for an improvement. Of course he doesn’t bring big time power and only decent speed, with 13 HR and 31 SB in 943 PA in the Pacific Coast League.
Chances are he is utilized more in a utility role, and even if he plays there isn’t much upside (outside of maybe his average). In other words there isn’t much hope.
Sources – MILB.com, Fangraphs, Baseball Reference