The Mets are set to promote middle infield prospect Matt Reynolds to the playoff roster, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com. Reynolds will take the place of Ruben Tejada who is done for the year with a broken leg.
If Reynolds sees the field in the postseason, he’ll have the rare distinction of making his major league debut in the playoffs. Rubin, citing Elias Sports Bureau, notes that he would become only the second player in the modern era to make his MLB debut in the postseason. In 2006, Mark Kiger of the A’s also debuted in the playoffs. Reynolds will not step into the starting shortstop role, of course, as that spot will be filled by Wilmer Flores.
Rubin adds that the Mets quietly had Reynolds come to Port St. Lucie, Florida last week to work out and stay in baseball shape, just in case of such an emergency. The 24-year-old (25 in December) hit for a .267/.319/.402 slash line with six homers in Triple-A this season while playing strong defense.
Following the 2014 season, Baseball America (subscription required) ranked Reynolds as the No. 12 prospect in the Mets’ system. BA praised Reynolds for his “hard-nosed, gamer approach” and his sure hands. While he projects as a solid defender all around the infield, BA noted that he could profile well as a second baseman at the big league level.