2013 MLB Draft Profile: Mikey Reynolds, Shortstop, Texas A&M

The Aggies' leadoff hitter has some potential to provide up-the-middle depth

Summary

As I scanned Brooks' list of draft profilees, I grew incensed. He hadn't included one Aggie on the entire thing!

Can you believe that?

It's like he doesn't even know who runs things on this site.

That's why you're getting an Aggie here, even though the Texas A&M draft-eligible class this season is pretty weak. Reynolds has some potential, as a two-year starter at shortstop for the Aggies. He came over from two different junior colleges before his junior season. That's sort of become a hallmark of Aggie head coach Rob Childress, who plucks these shortstops out of the juco ranks pretty frequently.

Reynolds has been a nice addition to the Aggie lineup. He's the leadoff hitter this season and also the leading hitter. He's got a .354 batting average with a .419 on-base percentage and a .434 slugging percentage. He has the third-most walks on the team and the most steals with a 78 percent success rate.

The senior doesn't feature much power, having hit 11 doubles, one triple and a home run this season. He was second on the team in doubles, but his speed probably helped too. Add in an 8 percent walk rate and a 9 percent strikeout rate make for a lot of positives, but not a ton of upside here.

What does that make Reynolds? He's no Nolan Fontana, that's for sure. His defense may not be good enough to stick at short long-term, but he probably could play there in the minors. He reminds me a little of Tommy Manzella for some reason. That's not a ringing endorsement, but I could see him slogging away in the minors for a few years before earning a cup of coffee with a major league team and then fading away.

Floor

Organizational depth? It can't hurt teams to take college shortstops who have started multiple seasons for big programs. At worst, they go into the minors and provide depth in case of injuries or just as stopgaps until the bigger-name prospects fill the level. It also makes Reynolds the rarely-seen low-ceiling, low-floor player.

Ceiling

His ceiling will be determined by his defense and his power. I don't know that either develop enough for him to be more than a second baseman with gap power. That lowers his ceiling and means he's maybe a big league bench guy, something like Jeff Keppinger if things break right.

Projected Draft Round

Beats me. As a college senior, he's not going to be a high priority for many teams, which puts him in the Round 15-30 range. He could pop up higher if a team falls in love, but I bet he goes in the 20's and goes to short-season ball.

Will He Sign?

Senior. Yep.

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