Reynolds was named the Sterling Award winner for a Triple-A player in the Mets organization.
MetsBlog's Michael Baron caught up with Reynolds before he received the award at Citi Field on September 15...
Baron: You had a big year in the minors, and have moved quickly after a rough year two years ago. What has been the greatest influence for you in this successful run?
Reynolds: I really can’t pinpoint it, honestly. There’s been so many people and so many things to get me to this point, especially after the tough year in 2012. The main thing was to have a positive attitude coming into the season as well as a consistent approach at the plate, and the results showed.
Baron: What adjustments did you make prior to the season to get to this point?
Reynolds: In the offseason, I went to St. Louis and worked with a guy named Rick Strickland to work on my swing. I was pulling off the ball really bad, so I was really working on staying through the middle and swinging through the zone. All of that hard work paid off this year.
Baron: What position do you feel most comfortable at right now?
Reynolds: I feel I’m strongest and most comfortable at shortstop. I feel like I can play there in the big leagues. Obviously, there are a lot of things I can work on and always improve on. But, I feel like I am most comfortable there. I did play some second base this season. I’m obviously not as comfortable there, but I do think if I continue to work at it, take a lot of ground balls, I feel like that comfort will come.
Baron: Do you view yourself as a shortstop, or a multiple-position player?
Reynolds: I’d like to focus on one position. I feel like I can play shortstop in the big leagues. Whatever the Mets see me as fine, but I see myself as a shortstop.
Baron: You played in some tough conditions in Las Vegas, be it with the weather or the field conditions. Do you think those adverse conditions helped you become a better defensive player this season?
Reynolds: Definitely. The ball gets on you a lot faster in Las Vegas, whether its because of the field conditions or the better hitters. Playing on a fast surface like that definitely gets you ready for the big leagues.
Baron: Wally Backman was a middle infielder. How did he help you this season develop at second base and shortstop?
Reynolds: He helped a lot, especially when I was slumping early. He pulled me aside and told me to stick with my strengths and not worry about my weaknesses. He told me they’re weaknesses for a reason. That really helped me out because I realized I was doing things I wasn’t capable of doing.
Baron: Describe Wally’s management style for those who don’t know.
Reynolds: He’s not in your face. he treats you like a man, although he makes sure you get your work in, but he’s not controlling. He knows everyone has their own routine and he lets people stick with that routine. For instance, if you want to take 100 ground balls, he allows it. If you want to take ten, he’s fine with that too.
Baron: Talk about the influence both Wally and Pedro Lopez had on you in 2014.
Reynolds: Each of them have helped me prepare for the next level and get better. Before I was promoted to Triple-A, Pedro told me to stick with what made me successful at Binghamton, and don’t change a thing. Wally told me the same thing when I got to Las Vegas. He thinks I’m capable of being a big leaguer, and told me to continue doing what got me here, and their confidence in me really stuck with me throughout the year.