Labeled as a can't-miss-prospect, Reyes posted a .269 batting average with 28 runs scored in 42 games at Norfolk. He also is leading the International League in stolen bases with 26 swipes in 31 attempts.
The Mets' front office explained that Reyes will only be used in place of Sanchez temporarily.
"We expect Jose to go back to Norfolk when Rey returns," said general manager Steve Phillips in the Mets official press release.
But Reyes has enough tools to convince Mets brass to make him their everyday shortstop even after Sanchez returns. Baseball America ranks him at the third best prospect in the minors and USA Today has been touting him to be the top farmhand in all of baseball for almost a year.
Reyes' talent may prove to be too much to send him back down to the minors if his performance matches his hype.
Additionally, Mets fans will demand that Reyes be given adequate time in the big leagues.
After having suffered through two and a half miserably disappointing seasons of overpaid veterans, a young sparkplug, like Reyes, could be enough to give fans hope for success in the near future.
No matter how he performs and how long his initial stay with the big league club will be, Jose Reyes is the future for the Mets. Tonight's game against the Rangers is just the beginning.