2009 Analysis: Argenis Reyes
In 2008, Argenis Reyes was lauded as someone who was seemingly “in the middle of everything” — at least, according to the SNY broadcast crew. It was de rigeur to root for Argenis — the undersized career-minor leaguer getting his first big break — and boo Luis Castillo, who had become an out-of-shape, injury-prone, underperformaing albatross.
What a difference a year makes.
Castillo righted the ship and became something of an ironman at second base (compared to other 2009 Mets anyway), re-establishing himself as an on-base machine and .300 hitter. Castillo’s comeback was central to Argenis remaining in AAA.
His best position is second base, but Argenis is also adequate at shortstop, so it was strange the Mets chose to pull Ramon Martinez’s creaky bones out of bed one morning and make him their torpedero when Jose Reyes hit the DL. Sure, over the long haul the “other” Reyes would become exposed on the left side of second base, but at the time Jose was only “day to day” (or so we were told).
But that’s water under the bridge. Argenis Reyes managed to make his way into a whopping nine ballgames in 2009, and collected 2 hits in 19 at-bats (.118). Not much to analyze from that.
Argenis did, however, play in 101 games for AAA Buffalo and hit a solid .282 — the second-best average on a really bad-hitting team. He made only 3 errors in 68 games at 2B and made another 3 in 32 games at SS.
Reyes turned 27 years old on the 25th of September, and pretty much “is what he is” — a reliable and fundamentally sound AAA middle infielder. No one will ever consider him a starter in MLB, and his chance to be a big league utilityman is questionable due to a weak bat and limited arm strength. At best he is somewhere between Leo Foster and Billy Smith, which means if this were the 1970s, Argenis would be able to carve out a short career in the bigs. But in the 21st century, he’s strictly filler material for the AAA club, and an emergency stopgap.