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Scout: Matt Reynolds is better than Ruben Tejada

In the 47 games since he was promoted to Triple-A, 23-year-old Mets SS prospect Matt Reynolds is hitting .337 with a .390 OBP and a .470 slugging.

According to columnist Andy Martino, at least one scout who has watched Reynolds says he’s already a better fielder and hitter than Ruben Tejada (Daily News, Aug. 12).

Reynolds is batting .405 in nine games this August. However, he’s doing it with a .426 BABIP, while striking out 21 percent of his plate appearances.

“He has to either run extremely high BABIPs in the big leagues, or bump his power up a little to make it work as a MLB starter with this walk/strikeout combination,” writes Toby Hyde in this week’s Hot or Not post for SNY’s Mets Minor League Blog >> Read more.




132 comments
Macacawitz
Macacawitz

A garbage can faced down at shortstop is better than Tejada.  Watching Tejada play the great game of baseball is like watching snails screw.  Not exactly the most exciting thing you'll ever experience. 

steve333
steve333

My left testicle is better than Ruben Tejada

saxon
saxon

Bingo!

Imagine the time we gave to Duda, Tejada, Young, Granderson, Ike, and many more...

Give Flores some time and he will not let us down... I read that Castro has hit at least 10 home runs for 3 years straight...is that something great?? If given a FULL year, Flores should duplicate that incredible feat...

mainemet
mainemet

For those on us ranking on Flores at SS, let's not forget that not long ago Wright couldn't hit the broad side of a barn if he were standing inside. Flores will hit. He has been moved around a lot since his original SS position, and needs reps. Be as patient with him as we were with Wright and Duda.

tw22
tw22

Matt Reynolds is not the answer. Case closed.


Jim Flaherty
Jim Flaherty

We've been hearing about Matt Reynolds BABIP for a little while now.  I'd like to know what his line drive rate is and has it increased from his past years, which would indicate an improvement in hitting and perhaps justify some of the higher BABIP. 

golsf
golsf

Would love to see Mets fans stop excoriating Ruben Tejada and accept him for what he is:  an above average defensive shortstop with a below average bat.  Utility middle infielders are useful to a franchise.  Ruben should learn 2B as well so he can spot start when the NYM's pick up a better SS in the off season.


Tejada has good hands and decent range...Wilmer Flores has enough skill to start at SS occasionally, but is not a full time middle infielder.  He is a skilled run producer though and will have a regular place in the lineup if he can learn a position, a la Daniel Murphy who was converted to 2B.

Merrill Needham
Merrill Needham

Should be a no brainer then. Flores is so bad defensively that it makes me actually wish Tejada was starting. Unless he's hitting .400 and driving in two a game, you just can't tolerate the utter ineptitude that is Flores defensively. I'm not asking for Rey Ordonez type play, I'm asking him to just be able to throw the ball to 1st base. He can't do that, and he cost us a sweep.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

The only thing I see Tejeda does is take a walk once in awhile..think hes got 47...and his OBP isn't bad but hes still not our answer at SS.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Tejada is absolutely fine as a utility infielder but that's what he is. Yes he's only 24 but he doesn't have a skill set or athleticism that suggests he's anything better than what he is. Someone below compared him to den Dekker, d'Arnaud and Lagares and developing. 

Tejada has had over 1500 AB's, den Dekker has 111, d'Arnaud has 360 and Lagares has 689. At what point do we recognize Tejada for what he is? Do we wait until 2000 AB's? 3000? What's going to get better?

Saying the guy hit .280 is like saying no she's not fat she only weighs 150 pounds but leaving out the fact that she's only 3 feet tall. 

I hate WAR but Tejada's BEST years were 2.0 and 2.1 WAR which is barely a starter ranking. That's his ceiling. But you can't ignore the rest. What about last year? He's somewhere in between which is a utility infielder. 

If he wasn't then why is Flores playing? Why is this article even being written the way it is? 

Tejada is not a legit starting ML shortstop. And I don't think Flores is either but this is just about Tejada. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Hopefully Reynolds is good but most scouts said when he was drafted that hes nothing more than a bench player.. we will see..Cecchini hasn't looked that impressive but hes still young so?

Doubleday
Doubleday

Has anyone in the media spoken with Ruben since he was benched?  I haven't scanned the box scores, but I don't think Tejada has been off the pine in three days.  Reynolds may well be the SS in 2015.  What they are doing right now, is assessing what they have in Flores.  I am much more in favor of giving Reynolds a shot and NOT trading any of our young arms.

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

So that's a complement ??

semperfi
semperfi

If the Mets don't make big upgrade at SS during offseason then Reynolds would be my favorite to take over role next spring, can't go back to Tejada and Flores would really have to show something over last 45days to be the favorite for next year, Ramirez or Tulo would be my top 2 choices, Ramirez for half the price and fits nice, above average glove along with nice bat for SS but for some more $ which we can totally afford, Tulo is a game changer and the type of leader that we will never get with DW, we have the $ and pieces to make Tulo a reality but SA has to want it

Richard
Richard

Well except the article says teammates feel that way not scouts. The rival evaluator stated, "better hands, comparable range" comparing Reynolds to Flores.

Starz31
Starz31

Way to go out on a limb, there. 

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Well, if he is, in fact, better than tejada, that's a guarantee we won't see him

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Seriously, then bring up dude and see what he has. Send back Flores, since he still has to work on his footwork.

7up17left
7up17left

Mets Blog Headline...


Scouts:  70 year old Bud Harrelson would be a better option than Tejada....

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

I think it's hysterical that people think you're going to get anything for Tejada.

bill1960
bill1960

Then bring him up and let's see

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

A homeless guy with a coffee cup at the corner of Northern Blvd. and Main St. will catch more in an hour than Tejada will all season.  

themainemets
themainemets

@RisingAppleBlog Hardy was said to have limited range and has still turned himself into good SS. Range is not the only factor

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@tw22 That's quite a pronouncement! don't tell you're one of those dreaming of Tulo. If he comes up and hits no better than Lagares, I'd be happy, and there's every indication he could do that well. throw in good defense and that's all you need from SS. Have to find power for the OF.


I think we're seeing TdA come around, Duda's numbers are not too outrageous to be real, Wright was due a down year. If they can get a solid corner OFer and find a leadoff hitter for 2B or SS, they'll be OK - and Reynolds can play 2B. Even if you don't end up loving the guy, he might be agood filler until Herrera comes along.


I think its less about "the answer" than about keeping a winning team on the field by playing whoever is ready to contribute.


Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@tw22 You might be right but then who is? I just don't think we have the answer currently in our system. Cecchini? 

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@golsf In the past, you'd often see guys like Flores adapt to OF spot to get playing time. My feeling in watching him so far, though, is that he could make a legit 3B except for his arm. I really think the Mets overplayed their hand with Flores and they ought to have traded him in some package for an upgrade at a more needed position. Maybe his bat will become much more powerful but, overall, I can't see him as an everyday player. I'm trying, but it isn't happening. I think he just has to stay in the lineup so we can see if he'll develop.

golsf
golsf

Tejada was a cheap replacement for Jose Reyes, a franchise SS with a plus bat, amazing speed and great defense. Mets had their man at shortstop and chose to let him walk...for nothing...

Not a knock on Tejada. He has, frankly, overachieved for a guy who projected as a backup SS.

Now, the Mets need to look free agency or trade to find a starter at SS.

theglider
theglider

Reynolds isn't on the teams 40 man roster. Either they'll need to add him and drop someone (which they don't want to do) or they'll call him up in September.

When they do, do you play him at short over Flores? If not then you'd have to wait until spring to find out about Reynolds. At that point they wouldn't be able to upgrade. So what can they do?

Doubleday
Doubleday

@semperfi The Wilpons can't fford Murphy.  What makes you think they'll open their wallets for Tulowitzki?

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@Tarheel11 You might find this hysterical as well.


http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/baseballinsider/happened-month-ny-mets-colorado-rockies-carlos-gonzalez-troy-tulowitzki-blog-entry-1.1894926#pg5sIdwbz5EwIK3Y.97


We were interested to learn that the Rockies did a lot of poking around the Mets’ system late last month, sending several top evaluators – including general manager Dan O’Dowd -- to watch their minor league teams. The Rox scouted Noah Syndergaard, specifically, but were also poking around about Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, Matt den Dekker, Ruben Tejada and Matt Reynolds, according to people who caught wind of the poking.

theglider
theglider

He's 24 and has two seasons of hitting over .280. Someone will want that.

7up17left
7up17left

@Macacawitz actually not the best corner in NYC to look for a handout.  Hard working Asians are tough on panhandlers...

golsf
golsf

@Blanca Recinos Lifelong Mets fan here...we've seen far worse SS defenders.  I'd like to see more range up the middle from Tejada, but he is serviceable as a ML SS.


What do you consider to be his defensive shortcomings?

Doubleday
Doubleday

@theglider I don't have a problem giving Reynolds 2 weeks at SS, at the end of the season, if we are mathematically eliminated ... unless Flores begins to hit up here like he did in Vegas.  I think it's finally up to Wilmer - show us what you've got, or we have another kid in the wings.  Is Flores a SS long term?  No.  But if he can really hit like many think he can, he's still not supplanting David, Murph, or Duda on the current depth chart, at 3B, 2B, or 1B.  For the moment, it's SS or AAA.  What trades might occur over the winter could change that, but we're just talking about the current hand we've been dealt.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@theglider Not after Sandy spent last off-season badmouthing him.  Our GM ruined any potential value in Tejada.

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

@theglider If you go by Chris Young, rules, then yes someone will want that and someone will also not give up any players to get that. 

Shawn R. Babcock
Shawn R. Babcock

His range is not above average...it's below average. Up the middle he is poor. In the hole he is good, but his arm is average - and that's kind, so it off-sets that a bit.

His throws have been solid for a while, at this point in the season he's warmed up.

All that is okay, passable. But when you factor in that he's a zero tool hitter...

He is unacceptable on the MLB level.

This guy says Reynolds is better. It's simpler to discuss who is worse than Tejada. So...not saying much...

Any SS that can get the balls hit to them, throw to first, and has a single offensive skill is better than Tejada.

golsf
golsf

@Doubleday @theglider Agreed...that was a dumb move by the Mets GM.  Sandy generally demonstrates far better judgement than putting down young players.

7up17left
7up17left

@Vincent Santiago @7up17left @Macacawitz Funny and sad...  I use to stay at the Pan American Hotel while on trips to Queens in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  Like the Mets during that period, it use to be a decent place...

Doubleday
Doubleday

@7up17left @Vincent Santiago @Macacawitz Funny, I used to live near the Pan Am BUILDING in Manhattan - when Pan Am was still an airline, and the Park Avenue headquarters wasn't re-branded for Snoopy.