Matthew William Reynolds was born December 3rd 1990 in Tulsa Oklahoma. The six foot one right handed short stop / second baseman, attended the University of Arkansas playing third base for the Razorbacks. There he led the team in HRs (7) & RBIs (45) while batting .323.
Reynolds was selected by the New York Mets in his Junior year, as a second round pick, a pick they received from the Florida Marlins from the the Jose Reyes signing.
In 2012, Reynolds began his Mets career at A ball Savannah Sand Gnats hitting .259 in 42 games. By 2013 he was a full time short stop for the A ball St. Lucie Mets, hitting just .226 with 5 HRs & 46 RBIs. He still impressed the organization although his hitting numbers weren't too impressive & he ended the year with a one game promotion to AA Binghamton.
In 2014 his bat came to life, as he hit .355 for the AA Binghamton Mets while posting a .430 on base %, collecting 75 hits & 29 walks in 211 at bats. His power numbers were still low with just one HR, five doubles & 21 RBIs.
He was pushed up to AAA Las Vegas filling Dilson Herrera's roster spot as he went North to New York. In 68 games at Las Vegas, he hit .333 with 5 HRs 16 doubles 4 triples & 40 RBIs. He posted a .385 on base % which gave him a combined .405 % on the season.
He was invited to the Mets 2015 Spring Training camp & started out by hitting well turning a lot of heads. He impressed quickly as he hit a 9th inning walk off HR against the Detroit Tigers to win a game in the first week of play.
People started saying he may compete with Wilmer Flores & Ruben Tejada for the Mets short stop position.
Quotes: Matt Reynolds- “I came in here with the attitude I’m going to compete my butt off to try to win the job, I am just going to come here and compete every day, and by me competing I’m making Flo’ better, I’m making Tejada better and vice versa. By us competing together it makes us stronger and better players.
Reynolds spent 2015 at AAA Las Vegas batting .267 with 6 HRs 32 doubles & 65 RBIs in 115 games.
2015 Post Season: After the NLDS injury to Ruben Tejada, Reynolds was promoted to the 2015 Mets post season roster. He became the first player (in modern history) to be added to a post season roster in the middle of series without having any MLB experience. He became the third player in history to be added to a post season roster without any MLB experience.
Reynolds was added in case he was needed in the infield. He did not play in any games & was left off the World Series roster, as Juan Uribe took his spot.
He began 2016 at AAA Las Vegas but would make three trips up to the Mets big league squad. He made his big league debut on May 17th, playing third base in a Mets 2-0 win over the Nationals. He got his first big league hit on May 25th, in another 2-0 Mets win over the Nats. When Wilmer Flores came off the DL, Reynolds was sent back down.
He returned when David Wright went down with his injury. On June 18th he came to bat in the top of the 11th inning & lined out to short. On the play a force was made at second but Asdrubal Cabrera scored in what was the game winning run.
On June 22nd, he hit a 6th inning HR off the Royals Joakim Soria, in what once again turned out to be the winning run.
He was back down & up again, hitting a three run HR in the subway series, although the Mets took a 6-5 loss. On September 5th he hit his third HR, it came on a big three hit day in a 5-0 win at Cincinnati. Reynolds ended the year batting .225 with 3 HRs 8 doubles & 13 RBIs in 47 games, 89 at bats.
In the off season, he underwent a wrist debridement at the Hospital for Special Surgery. In 2017 he would be between the Mets & AAA Las Vegas, never getting that permanent spot in the infield, that looked so promising a year or two prior.
He spent 33 games at Las Vegas batting .320 but never hit like that at the big league level. Reynolds got to the Mets at the end of April, collecting a hit in his first game of the year.
On May 21st he hit his only HR of the year, it came against the L.A. Angels in a 12-5 Mets loss. He collected three of his five RBIs of the year in mid August after returning back from another short stint at AAA Las Vegas.
On the field the versatile Reynolds, played four positions for the Mets, short stop (21 games) third base (7 games) second base (4 games) & one in the outfield. He ended the year batting .230 with 1 HR 1 double 2 triples & 5 RBIs in 68 games (113 at bats).