So Much for Matt Reynolds
The San Francisco Giants designated LHP Matt Reynolds for assignment to clear a space on the 40-man roster for recent addition Gordon Beckham. I’m sorry to see Reynolds go, because his story this season was one of the best under-reported stories of the year.
Reynolds had pitched his way out of the MLB system, starting the 2016 season in the Independent-A Atlantic League. He pitched great there and was signed into the Giants’ system. He then ran off a streak of scoreless appearances which got him a major league cup of coffee in late July and a promotion when rosters expanded September 1st.
Reynolds pitched better than his ugly 7.50 ERA suggests, in that he allowed runs in only two of his eight appearances. However, his scoreless inning streak ended on September 4th in a game in which he took the loss, and on his final appearance on September 23rd, he allowed four earned runs without recording an out.
Where Reynolds ends up in 2017 remains to be seen. He will be 32 next year and should consider pitching in Asia in light of the fact that he’s only appeared in 26 major league games over the last two seasons after missing all of 2014 to Tommy John surgery. On the other hand, almost every MLB team could use another left-handed short man, and based on his minor league performance in 2016, he’d be a great piece of pitching depth to have stashed at AAA to start the 2017 even if he can’t make the major league club out of Spring Training.