Tuesday, July 31, 2018

METS CLAIM INFIELDER JACK REINHEIMER OFF WAIVERS



FLUSHING, N.Y., July 31, 2018 – The New York Mets today announced they have claimed infielder Jack Reinheimer off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks and optioned him to Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Reinheimer was designated for assignment by Arizona on July 27. To make room on the 40-man roster for Reinheimer, outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has been transferred to the 60-Day Disabled List.

Reinheimer, 26, was batting .237 (45-190) with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI and 26 runs scored in 50 games for Reno (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. A versatile defender, Reinheimer appeared in 16 games at shortstop, 12 games at second base and 21 games at third base during his time with the Aces this season.

The Charlotte, N.C. native spent most of the 2017 season with Reno, hitting .278 (134-482) with 19 doubles, four home runs, 56 RBI, 87 runs scored, a .341 OBP and 12 stolen bases. He also appeared in two games for the Diamondbacks in 2017, making his major league debut on August 1 at the Cubs. In the two games with Arizona, Reinheimer went 0-5.

He was originally drafted by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University. On June 3, 2015, Reinheimer was acquired by Arizona along with catcher Wellington Castillo, righthanded pitcher Dominic Leone and outfielder Gabriel Guerrero in exchange for outfielder Mark Trumbo and lefthanded pitcher Vidal Nuño.

In 634 career minor league games, Reinheimer has hit .274 (668-2439) with 108 doubles, 20 triples, 19 home runs, 255 RBI, 116 steals and 366 runs scored. Over his six minor league seasons, he’s played 490 games at shortstop, 72 games at second base and 57 at third base. He was named a minor league midseason All-Star with Everett (A) of the Northwest League in 2013, Clinton (A) of the Midwest League in 2014 and Reno in 2016.

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