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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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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, top prospect Alex Reyes was lifted from his start Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis as "insurance" in case he's needed Saturday in Miami.
That would be his major league debut. Tyler Lyons is also a possibility for Saturday, but he might have to be used in relief at some point over the next three days. Reyes struck out seven batters over three innings on Tuesday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers and he has 79 strikeouts in 55 total innings this season with the Memphis Redbirds. But those big swing-and-miss totals have come with an ugly 1.42 WHIP and 5.07 ERA. If this does happen, it will likely be a spot start. Jul 26 - 9:47 PM

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Alex Reyes was pulled from his start Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis after just three innings.

There's no word yet about an injury, so this could be part of some trade that is in the works. Or maybe it's a sudden callup? We're doing guesswork for now. Reyes, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, had struck out seven batters in three innings Tuesday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. The 21-year-old right-hander has 79 strikeouts in 55 innings this season with Memphis.
Jul 26 - 9:14 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said the team is in no rush to call up RHP prospect Alex Reyes.

"He’s likely going to be a starter in the big leagues when he gets here," said Mozeliak. "Unless he’s taking someone’s spot here, I’d rather him continue to develop down in [Triple-A] Memphis." Reyes got off to a late start this year after serving a 50-game suspension and has only thrown 41 1/3 innings this season. Mozeliak suggested the team could eventually use Reyes as part of a six-man rotation to give the other starters some rest but the Cardinals haven't reached that point yet. There's still a good chance we'll see Reyes in St. Louis later this summer.
Jul 16 - 10:33 PM

Cardinals RHP prospect Alex Reyes gave up just one run on two hits over five solid innings Monday in a win for Triple-A Indianapolis.

It was a much better outing than his previous one, which lasted just 1 2/3 innings. The right-hander finished with nine strikeouts and only three walks before getting the hook after 96 pitches. Opponents have only hit .190 against Reyes since his promotion with 39 strikeouts in 79 at-bats. Reyes will be an intriguing fantasy option when he reaches the big leagues. That could happen this summer.
Jun 14 - 3:33 PM

Cardinals RHP prospect Alex Reyes recorded 11 strikeouts Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Memphis.

He scattered two hits, two runs and two walks over six innings for his first win with Memphis. Wednesday marked the right-hander's longest outing since August. 63 of his season-high 97 pitches went for strikes. Reyes got off to a late start this year because he had to serve a 50-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The 21-year-old is's No. 11 prospect.
Jun 2 - 2:24 PM

Alex Reyes struck out eight batters over four scoreless innings Sunday in his debut with Triple-A Memphis.

Reyes missed the first seven weeks of the 2016 season while serving out a 50-game marijuana suspension. He looked dominant in his first taste of Triple-A on Sunday, though the hard-throwing right-hander did issue three walks. "It was tough to get in a rhythm today," Reyes told "I felt like I didn't throw enough strikes, but my fastball was explosive and I threw some pretty good changeups. I couldn't really find a good rhythm with my breaking ball, but I'll work on it during my next start and it should come back." Reyes could be an option for the Cardinals' rotation by mid-June.
May 23 - 9:36 AM

Alex Reyes is expected to debut for Triple-A Memphis on May 22.

That's barring any rainouts. Reyes is nearing the end of his 50-game marijuana suspension and mowing down hitters around the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. The hard-throwing right-hander could be a fast-riser if things go well at Memphis out of the gate. Reyes, 21, registered a 2.49 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 151/49 K/BB ratio in 101 1/3 innings last season between rookie ball, High-A Palm Beach, and Double-A Springfield. He'll be making his Triple-A debut.
May 17 - 4:58 PM

Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes (suspension) will take part in the team's S.T.E.P camp in lieu of spring training.

Reyes was hit with a 50-game suspension in November following a second positive drug test. The 21-year-old right-hander has admitted that said positive was the result of marijuana. Because of the suspension, he's not allowed to appear in any spring games in which the Cards charge for admission. Instead, he'll appear in the S.T.E.P camp (Spring Training Early Program), which will allow him to prepare for the season in a non-game setting. It will include seminars and workouts. He'll get started on March 1, down in Jupiter, Florida.
Jan 20 - 6:02 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday that pitching prospect Alex Reyes will not be invited to major league spring training due to his minor league suspension.

He's still eligible to attend big league camp despite his 50-game ban for a second positive test of drug abuse, but the Cardinals have opted to keep him away. The 21-year-old registered a 2.49 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 151/49 K/BB ratio over 101 1/3 innings across three minor league levels in 2015.
Jan 16 - 3:04 PM

Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Reyes revealed in a statement that the drug he tested positive for was marijuana. The suspension includes what remains of the Arizona Fall League season, so Reyes will actually only miss the first 40 games of next season. One of the top prospects in baseball, Reyes posted a 2.49 ERA with 151 strikeouts over 101 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A this season. He should still have a good shot to end 2016 in the majors, but the suspension obviously doesn't help his chances.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 05:44:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 05:47:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 04:55:00 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.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 03:41:00 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.
Tue, May 12, 2015 03:22:00 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.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 04:43:00 PM

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