Former Arkansas third baseman Matt Reynolds has signed a professional contract with the New York Mets, as announced on Monday.
Reynolds was selected in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the New York Mets with the 71st overall pick and is scheduled to begin his professional career with the Mets' single-A affiliate in Savannah, Ga. Reynolds was one of eight Razorbacks to be selected in the 2012 draft.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Reynolds was the top offensive performer for the Razorbacks throughout the 2012 season. Reynolds led Arkansas in all three Triple Crown categories, finishing his junior season with a .323 batting average, seven homers and 45 RBI. A Collegiate Baseball third team All-American, Reynolds also led the team in runs scored (48), doubles (20), total bases (117), slugging percentage (.498), walks (40), on-base percentage (.427) and stolen bases.
Reynolds, who was named first-team All-SEC at third base, finished tied for the team lead with 20 multi-hit games and had a team-best 13 multi-RBI performances. Named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for his work at the hot corner, Reynolds had a .950 fielding percentage, committing just 10 errors. Reynolds was a second round draft pick of the New York Mets in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Reynolds played in 150 games, including 141 starts, as a Razorback and finished with a .275 career batting average with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. Reynolds had a .382 career on-base percentage and a .413 slugging percentage in his collegiate career.