The son of a former NY Mets infielder, Paterson baseball star looks to make his own mark

Delvison Reyes, like his dad, has a unique given name.

The Eastside senior likewise intends to take a unique course to expert baseball – a minimum of, as far as his household is worried.

The ace of the Ghosts’ rotation led his group to among North Jersey’s most notable upsets in the preliminary of the NJSIAA competition on Monday. Reyes (5-3) tossed 4 innings of one-hit ball to assist No. 12 seed Eastside past No. 5 Hackensack, 11-2, and into Thursday’s North 1, Group 4 quarterfinals versus No. 4 Ridgewood.

That was the right-hander’s 2nd win versus a Group 4 playoff qualifier this spring. In the May 7 Johnny Briggs Classic, he held ultimate-Passaic County champ Passaic Tech to one run in 5⅔ innings and set out 9 to key a 6-3 Eastside upset. The Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed in North 1, Group 4 and went into the postseason at 21-3.

Paterson, NJ — Starting pitcher Delvison Reyes throughout warmups. The Eastside HS baseball group play its very first video game in 26 years at remodelled Hinchliffe Stadium, hosting Don Bosco Prep on May 17, 2023.

After the latter success, Delvison discussed finding out the video game from his dad, Argenis Reyes, who played 2nd base for the Mets in 2008 and later on invested 2 seasons with the New Jersey Jackals.

“He’s showed me how to hit any play the infield,” Delvison stated. “But I don’t like [the infield], so I started pitching.”

So far, it appears a sensible relocation. The more youthful Reyes averages much better than a strikeout per inning – he had 50 through his very first 25 innings pitched this year – and at the season’s midpoint, challengers were striking .121 versus him.

Baseball starts

Delvison, like his dad, was born in the Dominican Republic. Yet he did stagnate to America up until age 10, after Argenis retired.

The older Reyes started playing professional baseball in 2003 and would go house throughout the offseason to play in the Dominican Winter League, where he was when called Rookie of the Year.

New York Mets' Argenis Reyes turns a double play with Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun sliding during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 29, 2009, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

New York Mets’ Argenis Reyes turns a double have fun with Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun moving throughout the very first inning of a baseball video game Monday, June 29, 2009, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) called Argenis by phone after Eastside’s huge state-tournament win on Monday. Although his English is minimal, buddy Robinson Garcia had the ability to equate and expose the origin of Delvison’s name.

“When I was in the minor leagues, I played with a lot of people, and I had a lot of friends with that name,” Reyes stated through Garcia. “I liked it, so I gave it to my son.”

Father likewise provided his take on kid’s preferred position in the field.

“[Delvison] did like to play the infield, but he likes to pitch because he has more promise being a pitcher [professionally],” Argenis stated.

Eastside quality

Argenis Reyes now resides in Jersey City. His work as a barber keeps him hectic on weekends, so he was not able to go to the Sunday win over Passaic Tech, however he and Delvison talk regularly.

There was much to go over after that video game, perhaps Reyes’ finest begin this season. He blended his two-seam fastball and slider well and had an opportunity to finish 6 innings, reaching the 110-pitch NJSIAA limitation on the 3rd batter of the frame. Angel Amezquita then poked a changeup to center for a base hit.

“He really wanted to get [Amezquita] out,” Eastside coach Jose Rojas stated. “They hadn’t been squaring him up all day, so he just wanted to get something to give the guys a chance behind him.”

Paterson, NJ — Starting pitcher Delvison Reyes throws the first pitch of the game to James Hinspeter of Don Bosco. The Eastside HS baseball team play its first game in 26 years at the rebuilt Hinchliffe Stadium on May 17, 2023.

Paterson, NJ — Starting pitcher Delvison Reyes tosses the very first pitch of the video game to James Hinspeter of Don Bosco. The Eastside HS baseball group play its very first video game in 26 years at the rebuilt Hinchliffe Stadium on May 17, 2023.

The Johnny Briggs Classic, called for one of 2 Eastside graduates to reach the majors (in addition to Larry Doby), initially was arranged to be the opening occasion for remodelled Hinchliffe Stadium – now the Jackals’ house ballpark.

Construction hold-ups required the competition to transfer to William Paterson, however as fate would have it, Reyes got an opportunity to make Hinchliffe history anyhow.

The Pride of Paterson

Rojas, a 2004 Eastside graduate, when delighted in the honor of playing the very first baseball video game in a brought back Paterson ballpark. He was the beginning DH when the Ghosts played the very first video game at reconditioned Larry Doby Field in Eastside Park on June 1, 2002. Doby, who passed away a year later on, was on hand for the ribbon cutting.

“I remember like it was yesterday, Rojas said. “The grass was so high that, you’d hit a liner up the middle, and the ball barely got past the pitcher.”

On May 17, the Ghosts’ coach got to hand the ball to his ace when Reyes ended up being the very first high school pitcher to take the Hinchliffe Stadium mound given that 1997. Although powerhouse Don Bosco dealt Reyes his 3rd loss of the season, he regrouped well for his postseason launching 5 days later on.

“He’s got potential,” Rojas stated. “I was telling [Jackals VP] Bobby Jones [at the Johnny Briggs Classic], if I was a professional scout looking for a pitcher – second-generation baseball player, his father was a major-leaguer – I would definitely take a chance on him. Not because he’s my kid, but just because I know what he brings.”

Former New York Mets infielder Argenis Reyes with his son Delvison in 2019 at Delvison's eighth-grade graduation. The younger Reyes is now a senior baseball player at Eastside High School.

Former New York Mets infielder Argenis Reyes with his kid Delvison in 2019 at Delvison’s eighth-grade graduation. The more youthful Reyes is now a senior baseball gamer at Eastside High School.

As senior year unwind, Delvison is still choosing his next actions, though his strategies are basic.

“I want to play pro,” he stated. “If not, I’ll go to college.”

Either method, he has the firm assistance of a previous big-league gamer.

“He’s got a bright future in front of him,” Argenis Reyes stated of his kid. “So, I’m thinking he can make it to the major leagues.”

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