Name: Matt Reynolds
DOB: December 3, 1990
Batting and Power: Reynolds' best offensive attribute is his consistency at the plate. He shows solid patience at the plate and good pitch recognition, and a willingness to use the whole field when hitting. He will have to go middle to the opposite field more to become a better overall hitter though, especially considering his power potential is average at best to the pull-side. He's more of gap to gap hitter.
Base Running and Speed: He is a below average runner speed-wise but he is an intelligent base runner who can pick his spots to swipe some bases. He won't be much of an impact base stealer, probably maxing out around the double-digit plateau, but he is a solid station to station runner who won't run his teams out of innings.
Defense: Reynolds, a third baseman in college, played primarily at shortstop in his debut season last year. He has decent hands and a strong arm, but his range is very limited at shortstop. He is better suited for third base where the above arm strength plays better. While he hasn't played the position yet at the professional level, there's enough basic athleticism in place to potentially play some second base as well.
Projection: Reynolds really lacks the one plus tool for him to project long-term as a potential big league starting player, but he does have the solid all-around game to work his way up the minor league ladder as a potential utility man. While he's not the kind of defensive player a team would want at shortstop in an everyday capacity at the big league level, he appears to be able to play there sparingly. With decent power, decent speed, and the look of a consistent hitter, he could make for a solid bench player someday. Think Justin Turner for a big league comparison.
ETA: 2015. Even if Reynolds breaks camp back with Savannah to start the 2013 season, he should see ample time with the high-A St. Lucie Mets this coming season.
Scouting Mets Prospect #44: Matt Reynolds
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