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Alex Reyes | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (21) / 8/29/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes has been promoted from High-A Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield.
Reyes earned the bump after posting a 2.26 ERA and 96 strikeouts across 63 2/3 innings this season in the High-A Florida State League. The big-bodied, hard-throwing right-hander has some control issues, but he's now on the fast track at age 20. Reyes could be an option for the Cardinals' major league rotation by early 2016. Jul 22 - 5:47 PM

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Cardinals prospect RHP Alex Reyes (shoulder) fired three shutout innings on Monday in a rehab outing in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

He struck out three and allowed just one batter to reach (HBP). It was Reyes’ first start in nearly a month after he was shut down in mid-June due to soreness in his right shoulder. The 20-year-old right-hander has emerged as one of the better pitching prospects in the minor leagues this season, as he was dominating to the tune of a 2.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .217 opponents’ batting average and 13.4 K/9 in 60 2/3 innings at High-A Palm Beach prior to the injury. Reyes wasn’t expected to reach the major leagues this year as it was, so it’s safe to assume the Cardinals will error on the side of caution with their prized right-hander over the remainder of the season.
Jul 14 - 4:55 PM

Cardinals prospect RHP Alex Reyes struck out a career-high 13 batters in six innings on Wednesday for High-A Palm Beach.

Reyes was the losing pitcher in the game after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk, though the flame-throwing right-hander did pop 101 mph on the radar gun in the outing. He now ranks second in the minor leagues with 90 strikeouts, and it was the fourth time in 12 starts he’s punched out double digits. Few pitchers in the minor leagues can match the upside of the 20-year-old Reyes, who owns a 2.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 90/30 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 60 2/3 innings (12 starts) this season. Reyes still has a ways to go in terms of refining his command and executing his secondary pitches, but he has all the necessary ingredients to serve as a front-of-the-rotation starter at maturity.
Jun 18 - 3:41 PM

Cardinals prospect RHP Alex Reyes struck out a season-high 11 batters in six innings on Monday for High-A Palm Beach.

He allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk in the outing. Reyes, 20, has been dominant in six starts this season, pitching to a 1.95 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 32.1 innings (14.5 K/9). He still has command issues, highlighted by his 15 walks (4.2 BB/9) on the season, but he’s demonstrated a better feel for the zone of late, allowing four walks in his last 17 1/3 innings. Beyond that, the flame-throwing right-hander is yet to allow a home run this season, and opposing hitters are batting just .173/.283/.218.
May 12 - 3:22 PM

Cardinals prospect RHP Alex Reyes struck out 10 batters in 5 2/3 shutout innings on Wednesday for High-A Palm Beach.

The right-hander allowed three hits and three walks in the outing, and he’s now struck out exactly 10 batters in back-to-back games to begin the season. Reyes, 20, really put things together during the second half of 2014 at Low-A Peoria to finish with a 3.62 ERA, 137/61 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .207 opponents’ batting average in 109 1/3 innings. Reyes is among the most projectable pitching prospects in the minors, possessing an enticing combination of athleticism and stuff. Reyes could finish the season in Double-A if he can improve his changeup and develop better control and command, which would put him on track for a potential MLB debut in late 2016.
Apr 16 - 4:43 PM

Cardinals prospect RHP Alex Reyes struck out 11 batters over six scoreless innings on Tuesday for Low-A Peoria, allowing just three hits and two walks.

Reyes has flashed his huge upside this season as a 19-year-old in full-season ball, posting a 3.89 ERA with 110 strikeouts over 90 1/3 innings at Peoria. However, even though the right-hander has been difficult to barrel and consistently missing bats, his lack of control has been a season-long problem and resulted in 57 walks (5.68 BB/9). That being said, he still has pitched especially well over his past eight starts, with a 2.38 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. Reyes has the ceiling of a No. 2 or 3 starter at maturity and could be ready for the major leagues in 2017 if everything goes as planned with his development.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 12:27:00 PM

Cardinals prospect right-hander Alex Reyes struck out five batters over six innings for Low-A Peoria on Wednesday, allowing three hits, two walks, and one run.

Two of the three hits were doubles, and hitters have a .205/.328/.305 off Reyes for the season. He has the potential to be a frontline pitcher, but his below-average command could prevent him from reaching his ceiling. He has a 5.7 BB/9 for the season, but has dominated Low-A hitters and his WHIP is only 1.382. Reyes won't turn 20 until the end of August, and will likely spend the rest of the season in the Midwest League.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect Alex Reyes threw five shutout innings Wednesday for Low-A Peoria, scattering two hits while striking out 10.

Reyes has the potential to be a No. 2 pitcher, but he has had at least four walks in seven of his 13 starts in 2014 and walked seven on Wednesday. Like most young pitchers Reyes has issues with his command, but he misses a lot of bats and will be given substantial time to develop in the Cardinals' system. He is likely to spend this entire season in the Midwest League and then start 2015 in the High-A Florida State League.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 09:49:00 AM

Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect tossed a seven-inning complete game, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out seven batters for Low-A Peoria on Wednesday.

Peoria played a doubleheader against the Kane County Cougars, and teams only play seven innings during each game of a double header. Reyes got shelled in his last outing, allowing seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings, so it's great to see a good performance, even if Kane County is light on prospect talent. Despite growing up in New Jersey, Reyes lived with family in the Dominican Republic for a year in order to circumvent the draft, signing for $950,000 in late 2012. He has the potential to be a solid No. 2 pitcher who uses his mid-90s fastball, hard-snapping curve ball, and above-average change-up to dominate hitters.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Alex Reyes was dominant on Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on one hit in five innings for Low-A Peoria.

The 19-year-old struck out a season-high eight batters and, more significantly, walked just one for the second straight outing. Reyes walked a total of 12 batters in eight innings through his first two starts, but he has since posted a 13/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past two turns in the rotation. On the season, Reyes has registered a 2.60 ERA, .164 opponents’ batting average and 24/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17 1/3 innings. The right-hander has the type of stuff to one day pitch at the front of a major league rotation, but he will require considerable time to thoroughly develop in the minors.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 12:46:00 PM

Cardinals right-handed pitching prospect Alex Reyes walked five in three innings in his second start for Low-A Peoria.

Reyes has 11 strikeouts and has allowed 12 walks, five hits, and only one run in his first eight innings in 2014. Opposing batters have a .179/.425/.214 line against him in 2014. Reyes is from New Jersey, so you can't blame is on cold weather in the early spring. Reyes' command woes are likely to be his biggest developmental hurdle and could prevent him from reaching his potential.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Cardinals prospect RHP Alex Reyes had a shaky debut on Sunday for Low-A Peoria, allowing three hits and seven walks with six strikeouts over five scoreless frames.

Reyes, 19, enters the season with a reputation as one of the more exciting young arms in the low minors, and his season-debut line from Sunday only furthered that belief. The right-hander has the type of stuff to one day pitch at the front of a major league rotation, but he will require considerable time to thoroughly develop in the minor leagues. In his professional debut last summer, Reyes posted a 3.39 ERA and 68/28 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 58.1 innings in the Rookie-level Appalachian League.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 12:18:00 PM

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