Just a little over two weeks into the 2022 season and the Cincinnati Reds have gotten off to a slow start as they sit in last-place in the National League Central and the worst record in baseball. The Reds have struggled to bring in runs and keep runs off the board and are without many key pieces.
The Reds are without Donovan Solano, Jose Barrero, and Max Schrock. With these injuries, among others, the Reds claimed infielder Matt Reynolds off waivers from the New York Mets. What might Reynolds bring to the table, and how can prolong his stay in the Queen City.
Who is Matt Reynolds and what does he bring to the Reds?
Matt Reynolds was drafted by New York Mets in the second round in the 2012 MLB Draft out of the University of Arkansas. With the Razorbacks, Reynolds exhibited good contact and speed, as he slashed .286/.396/.430 and swiped 32 bases during his two years in Fayetteville.
That success, however, hasn't converted to the majors. Over his minor league career he has posted an OPS of .772, but over 132 games in the majors spanning across five big league seasons, Reynolds has amassed an OPS of .614
Reynolds will be primarily be in the lineup against left-handed pitchers. While Reynolds owns a career slash line of .270/.313/.460 versus southpaws, don't expect to see many of those balls leave the yard. Reynolds has just four round trippers in his major league career.
Reynolds brings more depth to a Reds infield that has been ravaged by injuries. Both Jonathan India and Mike Moustakas are back, so that will help a little. Reynolds brings a bit more experience at the shortstop position behind Kyle Farmer.
Matt Reynolds will join Brandon Drury and Colin Moran adding depth to the infield in the absence of Donovan Solano, Jose Barrero, and Max Schrock. But i's hard to envision him staying on the roster for very long.