Fayetteville, Ark. – University of Arkansas Razorback junior third baseman Matt Reynolds bypassed his final year of college eligibility when he signed with the New York Mets on Monday.
Reynolds was a second round pick of the New York Mets and the No. 71 overall pick in the 2012 draft. The third team All-American’s slot value per the new MLB bargaining agreement is a contract to be valued in the neighborhood of $723,600.
The Mets signed their first round draft pick short stop Gavin Cecchini (Lake Charles, LA) on June 8. Cecchini reported to Port St. Lucie, Florida for mini-camp before joining the Mets’ Kingport Rookie League team.
Reynolds, a 2012 All-SEC pick, is expected to begin his pro career as a shortstop in the Mets farm system. He is expected to begin his minor league career when he reports to the Savannah Sand Gnats on Thursday; the Gnat’s are A-ball classification.
The former Razorback gave one last goodbye to his teammates and Razorback Nation on Twitter:
Officially a NY Met!! Thank you Arkansas for giving me the best 3 years of my life!