Following yet another loss last night, the Mets have activated Jose Reyes from the disabled list, called up right-handed starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Las Vegas, and optioned Logan Verrett and Matt Reynolds to Vegas. It’s the second time this week that the Mets have shuffled players between Las Vegas and the major league roster, as Michael Conforto was sent to Vegas and Seth Lugo called up yesterday.
Reyes has been on the disabled list with an intercostal injury, and in 72 plate appearances with the Mets, he’s hit .239./278/.493 with a 103 wRC+ this year. The on-base percentage is very bad and limits his ability to use his speed, though he’s managed to steal three bases in four attempts. If he can maintain roughly that offensive value, though, he’s an upgrade over Reynolds, who has hit .211/.231/.382 with a 63 wRC+ in 80 plate appearances.
Verrett has been very bad this year, particularly as a starting pitcher. He gave up eight runs in two-and-two-thirds innings last night as the Mets lost and exited the game with a 5.36 ERA on the season. The 23-year-old Ynoa has been in the Mets minor league system since 2010. In 23 starts with Vegas this year, he has a 4.42 ERA and 5.03 FIP with just 4.68 strikeouts per nine innings. Coming into the season, Ynoa ranked 14th on our list of the Mets’ top twenty-five prospects. For now, the Mets are still saying Jon Niese will take Verrett’s spot in the rotation.