As the Triple-A Las Vegas season wraps up today the Mets are prepared to add a second wave of Minor League talent to the Major League roster. Beginning today, the Mets recalled infielder Matt Reynolds to the big league roster, in the first of many call ups that will be occurring over the next two days. Reynolds will provide the Mets with bench depth and versatility as he can play shortstop, as well as second and third base. The 25-year old infielder has hit .211 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 76 at-bats for the Mets this season.
Starting pitcher Rafael Montero is technically on the taxi squad as we speak. He can’t be activated until tomorrow due to his demotion last week, but since the Minor League season ends tomorrow, he will be eligible to be activated to the Mets roster. Montero will be recalled from Double-A Binghamton, and is scheduled to start tomorrow night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds in place of injured starter Jacob deGrom. The 25-year old right-hander took the mound for the Mets back on August 29th against the Miami Marlins, and pitched five scoreless innings despite walking six batters. He also only allowed two hits and struck out three. Montero might be a fixture in the rotation for the rest of September depending on how he pitches tomorrow, and whether deGrom is eligible to pitch at all the rest of the season due to his forearm inflammation.
Tomorrow the Mets will also be bringing up two former first round picks in outfielder Brandon Nimmo and shortstop Gavin Cecchini (pictured). The 23-year old Nimmo has already made a few appearances at the big league level this season for the Mets and has been a media darling for his charisma. In 59 at-bats for the Mets, Nimmo hit .237 with one home run and five RBIs. The 22-year old Cecchini will be making his Major League debut whenever he is able to get into a game this month. Cecchini doesn’t have the same versatility that Rivera, Campbell or Reynolds have as he is strictly a shortstop, but the Mets plan on having him play second base in the upcoming Arizona Fall League next month. In 116 games for Las Vegas Cecchini hit .324 with with eight home runs and 54 RBIs.
Also being recalled from Las Vegas tomorrow include relievers Josh Edgin (9.82 ERA) and Erik Goeddel (4.55 ERA) who will provide the Mets depth in the bullpen. Utility players Eric Campbell (.159 Avg.) and T.J. Rivera (.289 Avg.) are also going to be making their way back to the Major Leagues tomorrow as well.