Reetz was demoted from Triple-A Rochester to Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday. Reetz spent just under a week in the majors in mid-July, going 1-for-2 with a double in two appearances off the bench. The reason for his demotion to Double-A isn't entirely clear, but it could be due the fact that he struck out in more than a quarter of his plate appearances while going 5-for-23 since rejoining Rochester.
Reetz was optioned back to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Reetz recorded a double across two at-bats off the bench after being recalled July 10. With Washington signing catcher Rene Rivera to a major-league deal Friday, Reetz will head back to Rochester for the time being. Given that both Yan Gomes (oblique) and Alex Avila (calf) could possibly return by month's end, there's a good chance Reetz will remain in Triple-A at least until rosters expand in September.
The Nationals selected Reetz's contract from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. He was rushed to San Francisco for the Saturday afternoon game and will serve as the backup catcher while Yan Gomes (oblique) and Alex Avila (calf) spend time on the injured list. Reetz appeared in just three Triple-A games and went hitless after hitting .233 in 120 Double-A at-bats earlier this season.
Reetz has been added to the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. The 24-year-old is one of six catchers in the pool, and Reetz is highly unlikely to see action with the big-league club after having yet to advance past High-A in his career. He did show some promise with his bat in 2019, however, slashing .253/.370/.441 with 13 homers in 96 games for High-A Potomac.
Reetz hit .282 with 12 of his 13 homers and a .563 slugging percentage after the All-Star break last year for High-A Potomac, Byron Kerr of MASN reports. Drafted in the third round in 2014, Reetz's climb up the ladder in the Nats' organization has been slowed in large part due to injuries. The 24-year-old was able to stay healthy and put together an impressive second half last season -- both his 13 homers and 96 games played were career highs -- and he carried that momentum into the Arizona Fall League, leading the Surprise squad with a .333 batting average. Context can't be overlooked here, as a 23-year-old in his third campaign at High-A should be expected to post strong offensive numbers. If Reetz has turned a corner in his development, though, he could establish himself as a future major leaguer with a good showing at Double-A in 2020.