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Matthew William Reynolds (born December 3, 1990) is an American professional baseball infielder in the Washington Nationals organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets.

Matt Reynolds
Matt Reynolds on March 29, 2017.png
Reynolds with the Mets in 2017
Washington Nationals
Infielder
Born: (1990-12-03) December 3, 1990 (age 28)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 17, 2016, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.223
Home runs4
Runs batted in19
Teams

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High school and college careerEdit

Reynolds attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He played both baseball and basketball and received interest from Iowa State, Furman and Butler to play college basketball.[1][2]

 
Reynolds bats at the 2012 College World Series

He decided, however, to play college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas. He played for Arkansas as a third baseman from 2010 to 2012 and hit .275/.382/.413 with 11 home runs and 72 runs batted in 150 career games. After his sophomore season in 2011, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Professional careerEdit

New York MetsEdit

Reynolds was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.[3] The Mets moved Reynolds to shortstop after he signed.[4] He made his professional debut that season for the Savannah Sand Gnats of the A-level South Atlantic League, hitting .259 with 3 home runs in 42 games.

In 2013, Reynolds played in 117 games for the High-A Florida State League, and one game for the Double-A Binghamton Mets. He hit a disappointing .225/.300/.335 with five home runs in 436 at bats. Reynolds started the 2014 season back with Binghamton and was promoted to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s after hitting .355 in 58 games.[5][6] With the 51s, he finished 2015 batting .267/.319/.402, with 65 RBIs and 6 home runs in 115 games.

Reynolds spent the 2015 regular season in Triple-A before being called up to the Mets during the 2015 NLDS to replace the injured Rubén Tejada.[7] In doing so, he became the first player in modern baseball history to be added to a postseason roster in the middle of a series without previous major-league experience. He also became the third player in modern baseball history to be included on a postseason roster without previous major-league experience, after Chet Trail (of the New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series (not on the active roster)) and Mark Kiger (of the Oakland Athletics in the 2006 American League Championship Series).[8][9] He was dropped from the roster for the World Series, and did not appear in any games in the playoffs.[10]

The Mets promoted Reynolds to the major leagues on May 17, 2016.[11] He made his major league debut at third base for the Mets that night. He went 0-3 with one strikeout. On May 25, Reynolds picked up his first major league hit, a single, against Nationals' pitcher Tanner Roark.[12] Reynolds was sent down to the 51s to make room for Wilmer Flores, who came off the disabled list. [13] Reynolds appeared in eight games during his first big league stint. He had a .100 batting average.

Reynolds was recalled again on June 3 after David Wright was placed on the disabled list.[14] In a June 22 game, Reynolds started and appeared in the outfield for the first time in his professional career and also hit his first Major League home run, off of reliever Joakim Soria.[15] For 2016, he batted .225/.266/.416.[16] On December 12, 2016, he underwent a right wrist debridement at the Hospital for Special Surgery.[16]

On March 21, 2017, he was optioned to the Mets minor league camp, but he was recalled one month later.[17] In 2017 with the Mets, he batted .230/326/.301 in 130 plate appearances.[18] On February 7, 2018, Reynolds was designated for assignment.

Washington NationalsEdit

Reynolds was traded to the Washington Nationals for cash considerations on February 12, 2018.[19] He began the season with the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs, but the Nationals called him up to the major leagues on April 7.[20] He appeared in 10 games and batted 1-for-12 with a walk[21] before the Nationals optioned him back to Syracuse on April 24.[22] He was called up again to replace Anthony Rendon who was placed on the family medical leave list. The Nationals designated Reynolds for assignment on January 13, 2019, clearing a roster spot for newly signed second baseman Brian Dozier.[23] He was outrighted on January 18, 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Farm report: Reynolds passes on hoops". ESPN.com. May 8, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  2. ^ "Farm report: Reynolds surges with B-Mets". ESPN.com. June 11, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Mets show Arkansas bias on Day 2 of Draft". New York Mets. June 5, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "The middle infield prospect starting to knock on Mets' door - New York Post". New York Post. July 11, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  5. ^ "A Grinder Whose Next Stop May Be Citi Field". New York Times. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Mets' prospect Matt Reynolds owes his success to hard work - Newsday". Newsday. August 3, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "Mets replace Ruben Tejada on NLDS roster with Matt Reynolds". ESPN.com. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  8. ^ Snyder, J. (2004). The World Series' Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Championship Teams, Broken Dreams, and October Oddities. Potomac Books. p. 207. ISBN 9781574887280.
  9. ^ "1964 World Series". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "Mets add Juan Uribe to World Series roster in place of Matt Reynolds". Newsday. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Mets call up infielder Matt Reynolds from Triple-A; option reliever Sean Gilmartin". New York Daily News. May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "Reynolds picks up first hit". SNY. May 25, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  13. ^ "Flores activated off DL, in starting lineup in place of Wright". MetsBlog.com. May 29, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  14. ^ "Mets' Matt Reynolds: Recalled by Mets on Friday". CBSSports.com. June 3, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  15. ^ Giglio, Joe (June 22, 2016). "Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Reynolds power Mets to 4-3 win over Royals | Rapid reaction". NJ.com. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Matt Reynolds Stats, Fantasy & News". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  17. ^ "Mets' Matt Reynolds: Optioned to minor-league camp". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  18. ^ Matt Reynolds Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
  19. ^ Todd, Jeff (February 12, 2018). "Nationals Acquire Matt Reynolds". MLB Trade Rumors.
  20. ^ Reddington, Patrick (April 7, 2018). "Washington Nationals call Matt Reynolds up, select Jhonatan Solano's contract from Triple-A..." Federal Baseball. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  21. ^ "Matt Reynolds". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  22. ^ Castillo, Jorge, "Nationals to place Shawn Kelley on disabled list; call up Rafael Bautista, Adrian Sanchez," washingtonpost.com, April 24, 2018, 1:59 p.m. EDT.
  23. ^ Byrne, Connor (January 13, 2019). "Report: Nationals designate Matt Reynolds to make room for Brian Dozier". Yardbarker. Retrieved January 13, 2019.

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