Matt Reynolds is the type of player that every team has, or has need of: a solid, if unspectacular, defender with a little bit of power and the ability to play lots of positions. If Reynolds didn’t exist, the Mets would have to invent him.
But, of course, he does exist, and over the course of 96 plate appearances across 47 games, Reynolds played four different defensive positions for the Mets—shortstop, third base, second base, and left field—and put up a 79 OPS+.
Reynolds doesn’t appear to have a spot on the Mets’ Opening Day roster, as the team’s infield depth chart likely sees him behind both Wilmer Flores and TJ Rivera (and perhaps Ty Kelly) for a bench spot. With David Wright still not throwing, it is likely that Jose Reyes gets the bulk of the playing time at third base, and Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera are locks for starting every day when healthy.
Due to the rising stock of the Mets’ top offensive prospect, Amed Rosario, Reynolds is also unlikely to be a long-term replacement in case of a major injury to Cabrera, meaning that Reynolds will likely only be called up to be bench depth or for a temporary starting assignment.
Reynolds took an interesting path to the majors, appearing on the 2015 World Series roster without making a single regular season or postseason appearance beforehand. Reynolds did not make the Amazin’ Avenue Top 25 Prospects list this year.