Alex Reynolds recently wrapped up his playing career at Babson College, but the Hopkinton High School graduate knew he wanted to make baseball his career. After spending the offseason interning in Florida with Cressey Sports Performance, a company that provides training for athletes at various levels, Reynolds landed a job with his hometown Boston Red Sox.
“It’s been pretty cool and a lot of fun going to spring training on the first day and putting on a Red Sox uniform,” Reynolds said. “There is the fan and the little kid in me that really enjoyed that part of it.”
Reynolds will be working in player development and, after spring training, he’ll be with the team’s minor league affiliate in Greenville, South Carolina. While with the Single-A Greenville Drive, Reynolds will work with the coaching staff on crunching data, providing pregame reports, scouting the opposition and employing other means of technology to aid the players.
“I will be a helping hand to all of the coaches,” Reynolds said. “I’ll be running a lot of the technology.”
Technology has become a huge part of professional baseball in recent years. This year, the Red Sox and the rest of Major League Baseball will have new technology to get used to in the form of a pitch clock, which is meant to keep the game moving at a crisp pace. Amid the influx of numbers and data available, Reynolds said that when preparing scouting reports for pitchers and hitters, the goal will be to keep things simple.
“We are going to find ways to play to our players’ strengths and give them an edge,” he said. “We are looking for trends with opposing pitchers or hitters and we will figure out how we can use our players’ strengths to help us win baseball games.”
Reynolds said spring training has been going well so far, and the energy picked up once the major league club started playing exhibition games. He’s been meeting many of the players and coaches at all levels, but his focus has been on working with the minor league players who are hoping to one day work their way up to the big club.
Reynolds is coming off a career as a catcher at Babson that showed promise early but was derailed by an injury during his sophomore year that led to arm surgery. As a graduate student in 2022, he appeared in 17 games, starting 12, and batted .245 with a double, a home run and six RBIs.
His ascendancy to the coaching ranks at such an early age comes as little surprise to his Hopkinton High School coach, Steve Simoes, who also coached Reynolds many years in youth baseball.
“Alex, I would have been surprised if he didn’t coach,” Simoes said. “I would suggest and joke around that he was going to be a coach when he was 14 years old, because — not even hyperbolic — I’ve never met anyone who loves the game more than he does and got the most out of his ability. He was so receptive to coaching and such a player/coach on the field. It was absolutely effortless to coach him, because he was always in a positive frame of mind, always team-first.”
Reynolds said player development has become a passion for him, and he wants to continue doing that work as his career develops.
“I like working with guys and seeing things come to fruition on the field,” he said. “I was doing that with pros at Cressey for four or five months, and we were able to see a lot of strides in guys. I have a lot of fun doing that.”
Reynolds said his goal is to have a career in baseball. His immediate focus, however, is helping his hometown team win another World Series.
“I want to help the Red Sox win baseball games and bring up the next crop of big leaguers,” he said. “Hopefully, sooner rather than later, there is another banner at Fenway.”