2B LJ Mazzilli returns to the active roster on Monday.
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The one constant we could always count on when we talked about the Mets minor league options in the middle infield was the ability of Matt Reynolds to produce a batting average above the level of .300.
The 2012 second round pick out of the University of Arkansas started impressing everyone in 2014 at Binghamton, where he hit .355 in 211 at bats. No, this wasn't Las Vegas. It was cold, damp Binghamton and the BA was .355.
He followed this with 267 more at-bats last season in Las Vegas, adding a AAA BA of 'a mere' .333.
This season, everything started out the same and Matt was hitting his usual .300+ pace, and then everybody but your Aunt Lucy seemed to be promoted to Queens to play a middle infield position. No one in the Mets organization went out of their way to offer any explanation why Reynolds continued to be passed over and you just know this would someday result in a mental letdown to his approach to this game.
He's hit at around a .250 pace over the last 10 games (.271 over the last 30 days) and comes in as of Thursday at a seasonal .284.
I've seen this before. We speak so much about how much the mental side of this game is important. I used to watch one of the great Mets minor league players, Josh Satin, go into a funk every time he was sent back to AAA after basically failing to impress anyone at the major league level.
In the case of Reynolds, it wouldn't surprise me if he just has given up a little at ever getting his first chance. He has to hear Gavin Cecchini (AA: .292) knocking at the door, followed by a long line of prospect-like shortstops in the system (Amed Rosario, Luis Guillorme, etc.).
It's always sad to see when the path to success seems to be over. The Mets need to resolve this before Cecchini is denied a promotion to Las Vegas.
Maybe a call to one of the Japanese teams is in order.
It's obvious that the Mets could use him for, at least, one game a week. Maybe two. I know the team couldn't risk using him as a pinch hitter, but I still would rather him be around.
This is a team without much offensive depth. In addition, there's nothing in Las Vegas left for Plawecki to do. Keep him here in case d'Arnaud continues taking baseballs off his body.
Now, you have to debate what would be in the best interest here.
What happens if the doctors rule that Wright is unable to play professional baseball anymore and Wright decides to 'retire'. Does he still get the full package he signed with the Mets while, at the same time, the Mets can recoup 75% of future dollars through their insurance policy?
My understanding is that no monies are paid unless Wright refrains from all baseball activities for 60 consecutive days. I'm sure the last thing Sandy Alderson would care to do right now is answer a bunch of questions regarding the details of this, but they probably will all be asked by the time you read this.
Me? I just want my captain back at third base, playing next to my new superstar, Wilmer Flores.
That was pretty impressive.
And I'm not taking about the pitching.
Noah Syndergaard's 3-3 at the plate on Wednesday qualified, to me, an additional pinch hit bat on the bench.
The home run was legitimate... dead center. And his .444 seasonal batting average, no matter how small the sample is, still needs to be respected.
What I will find curious is if the Mets decide to bat Thor, instead of using a DH, when he comes up against his old team, Toronto, next month.
Still, this whole 6-man rotation is starting to make more sense to me in a season that is dominated with talented pitchers. Syndergaard, like deGrom and Harvey, have innings restrictions and pitching 3-4 less outings this season will only help them, and the team, in the long run.
The more one of these guys look impossible to trade, the easier it is to get to some day move one of the 'other guys' like Rafael Montero, Dillon Gee, or Jon Niese.
It seems to me that the Mets now have three A+ front end starters that are not for sale. Steven Matz could be the next one. And Zack Wheeler (remember him?) will be back mid 2016 to remind us of his claim.