Walter Kevin McReynolds
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 210 lb.
- School University of Arkansas
- High School Sylvan Hills High School
- Debut June 2, 1983
- Final Game August 11, 1994
- Born October 16, 1959 in Little Rock, AR USA
In the 1981 amateur draft, he was a first-round draft pick (# 6 overall) by the San Diego Padres. Due to injuries, he did not play in the minors in 1981, but in 1982 and 1983 he dominated his leagues by hitting over .350 with power at the A, AA, and AAA levels.
In the major leagues
The 1984 Padres won their division, partly due to McReynolds' .465 slugging percentage, which was ninth-best in the National League. In post-season play, he slugged .600 in four games in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, but he missed the World Series because of an injury.
McReynolds was originally a center fielder in the majors but was gradually shifted to left field in 1986. Thereafter in his major league career he was primarily a left fielder.
In December 1986 the Padres traded McReynolds to the New York Mets. He produced for them, hitting his peak home run total of 29 in 1987. The following season, 1988, he was in the top five in the National League in both HR and RBI, and was third in the National League MVP voting. In 1988 post-season play with the Mets, he slugged .536 in the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
McReynolds was also stealing bases well - in the period 1987-1990 with the Mets, he stole 59 bases while getting caught only 10 times. He holds the Major League record for most stolen bases in a season without being caught: 21 SB to 0 CS in 1988.
After declining somewhat with the bat in 1991, Kevin was traded to the Kansas City Royals in December in a deal that involved Bret Saberhagen. He spent two years with the Royals, getting between 350-375 in both 1992 and 1993. In 1994 he was traded back to the Mets (in a deal involving Vince Coleman) and closed out his major league career.
As sometimes happens, McReynolds seems better than most of the comparisons shown by the similarity scores method. Of the ten players shown by the method, only the bottom two on the list, Jackie Jensen and Ben Oglivie, have higher lifetime Adjusted OPS+ scores than McReynolds.
- 1983 The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year, Las Vegas Stars, Pacific Coast League
- 1982 MVP California League, Reno Padres
- 1983 MVP Pacific Coast League, Las Vegas Stars
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1984 & 1986-1990)