Las Vegas, Nevada —— Entering play on Saturday night, New York Mets left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Regnault is 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA over 27 games (all relief) split between the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, with 33 strikeouts over 35.0 innings pitched against 30 hits and 19 walks. I observed the 28-year-old former indy ball product in his June 20 outing on the road against Reno; below is Baseball Census‘ full Kyle Regnault scouting report, including game video.
Kyle Regnault Scouting Report — Video
Our video of New York Mets left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Regnault shows his full outing on June 20, 2017 against the Reno Aces at Reno’s Greater Nevada Field, where Regnault worked 1.1 scoreless innings while giving up two hits and two walks:
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Kyle Regnault Scouting Report — Notes
A crafty lefty who has previously undergone Tommy John surgery and played indy ball for three years, Kyle Regnault has had a very long road to get to Triple-A. At this point in his career, his ceiling is low, but he’s a left-handed pitcher that throws strikes with four pitches out of the bullpen, and so there’s always a level of intrigue there. The Rhode Island native sits 89-93 mph with his fastball, a well-commanded pitch that shows modest arm-side run, especially when down in the zone and not overthrown.
He complements the fastball with an 82-86 mph slider that he throws very hard to the point where you could almost call it a cutter. Regnault also throws a 74-76 mph overhand curveball, and a changeup that he used sparingly in my view. The slider functions well against righties when it can get in in on their hands with late, tight break, and the curveball is a more traditional weapon to get lefties off balance with a bigger loop and more of a velocity differential, and Regnault works between the two pitches pretty well. He has good feel for all of his stuff to the point where his control is above-average, though the consistency of his off-speed command lags slightly behind. He’s been a reliever throughout his entire minor league career, and that’s where he’ll stay coming out of the bullpen even though he has a deeper repertoire than most situational lefties.
Kyle Regnault Scouting Report — Projection
Obviously with his handedness and two-look breaking balls, Kyle Regnault could get situational left-handed outs in the big leagues eventually with the New York Mets. As consistent and controlled as it may be, though, his stuff lacks true wipeout bite and he’s struggled to miss bats as he has climbed the minor league ladder. Even with four pitches, he’s unlikely to get too many hitters off-balance by changing speeds because of the relative lack of a true plus breaking ball. That pitch-to-contact tendency could prove to limit his ultimate projection and keep him in Triple-A for most/all of the rest of his career, unless he suddenly develops a significantly sharper curveball, or a more sweeping, biting slider.
All that said, Kyle Regnault’s long road of three indy league years before coming to the New York Mets makes for a great story, and literally any big league time he does earn is a testament to the organization’s development plan, Regnault’s perseverance, and shrewd scouting to put him in that position. He’s not on the club’s 40-man roster right now, but when you’re a left-handed pitcher throwing strikes in Triple-A, well, anything can happen.
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