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Alex Reyes | Starting Pitcher | #29

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/29/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 245
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / STL
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Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said Monday that Alex Reyes (elbow) will be used in the rotation upon his return.
The team had previously not committed to how they'd use Reyes as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, but his dominant showing on his rehab assignment (0.00 ERA, 31/6 K/BB ratio over 16 innings across three starts) has ended any doubt. Reyes will make what's expected to be his final rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Memphis before likely joining the Cards' rotation May 29 in Milwaukee. He'll bump John Gant from the rotation initially, but St. Louis will have a decision to make after Carlos Martinez (lat) returns. Either way, Reyes needs to be stashed in any fantasy leagues where he's still available. May 21 - 5:52 PM

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Alex Reyes (elbow) is scheduled to make two more rehab starts.

Reyes has dominated in his first two rehab outings at Low- and High-A, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless innings with an 18/3 K/BB ratio. He'll take the ball for Double-A Springfield on Saturday in his third rehab start and then make a final start for Triple-A Memphis on May 24. That puts Reyes on track to potentially join the Cardinals' rotation as soon as May 29 in Milwaukee, although the club hasn't announced any definitive plans for the prized right-hander. If Reyes continues to pitch as well as he has so far on his rehab assignment, it's hard to see him not joining the rotation.
May 18 - 10:51 AM

Alex Reyes (elbow) struck out 12 while yielding just one hit and two walks over five scoreless innings in a rehab start with Low-A Peoria on Monday.

Reyes was reportedly sitting in the 95-99 mph range and touching 100-101 mph with his fastball. It's not fair for that kind of arm facing Low-A competition, but it's nonetheless a very impressive and encouraging showing from the right-hander. Reyes will move up to Double-A Springfield for his next start. He's tracking toward a late May/early June return.
May 14 - 9:20 PM

Alex Reyes (elbow) struck out six batters over 3 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in his minor league rehab debut with High-A Palm Beach.

Reyes scattered four hits and a walk in his first live start since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last February. There still hasn't been a determination from the Cardinals as to what role Reyes will fill once he's deemed ready for major league action, but if he continues to pitch like he did on Wednesday, we'd bet the 23-year-old right-hander joins the rotation in St. Louis upon his activation from the disabled list. He is eligible to come off the 60-day DL on May 28 and is worth stashing in mixed fantasy leagues.
Source: MiLB.com
May 10 - 8:54 AM

Alex Reyes (elbow) is beginning a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday at High-A Palm Beach.

Reyes will be stretched out as a starter in the minors, though the Cardinals could work him in as a reliever once he's deemed fit for major league action. That decision will be based on the most pressing immediate need in St. Louis. Reyes is just about 15 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on May 28.
May 9 - 10:56 AM

Alex Reyes (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.

Reyes threw three innings in an extended spring training game on Friday without any issues and is making nice progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He's eligible to return from the disabled list as early as May 28, but isn't expected to join the Cardinals until some point in June.
Source: MLB.com
May 5 - 9:23 AM

Alex Reyes (elbow) threw three innings in an extended spring training game Friday.

Craig Mish of SirusXM reports that Reyes' fastball was clocked in the 95-98 mph range. It's his first game action since the prized right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last February. The Cardinals plan to bring Reyes back as a starter, although things could change depending on what their needs are at the time. The plan is for time to begin an official rehab assignment in mid-May and return sometime in June.
May 4 - 1:51 PM

Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that Alex Reyes will begin a minor league rehab assignment in mid-May.

Mozeliak also noted that when Reyes does eventually return to the Cardinals, "all arrows point to it being as a starter". The Cardinals have enough confusion in their bullpen at the moment, and Reyes' future remains as a fixture atop the Cardinals' rotation, so this seems to make the most sense for all parties.
Apr 20 - 6:33 PM

Cardinals transferred RHP Alex Reyes to the 60-day disabled list.

Nothing has changed in the right-hander's prognosis, this was merely done to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Greg Holland whose signing became official on Saturday. He's on track to join the Cardinals around May 1.
Mar 31 - 9:58 AM

Cardinals placed RHP Alex Reyes on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

Reyes is almost fully recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He's expected to join the Cardinals around May 1, though it remains unclear what role he will fill. That'll largely depend on the most pressing immediate need in St. Louis.
Mar 28 - 4:08 PM

Alex Reyes won't pitch in any Grapefruit League games, according to Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Maddux says there have been no setbacks with Reyes, so this is just a precautionary measure for the Cardinals' top prospect. It was recently announced that the goal is for Reyes to pitch around 100 innings in 2018, with the hope of building him up to make him a fully fledged starter in 2019.
Mar 16 - 11:54 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Alex Reyes (elbow) won't have a defined pitching role for the Cardinals in 2018.

Instead, Reyes will serve in a "hybrid" role; with the goal being to give the talented right-hander 90 to 100 innings so that he will be ready for a full workload in 2019. This is a plan that makes sense for his long-term value, but it makes Reyes' fantasy value in 2018 a precarious situation. He likely won't pick up many saves or wins, so most of his value will come from his ability to miss bats with a (hopefully) low WHIP. There's reward there, but the risk is obvious, as well.
Mar 16 - 8:26 AM

Alex Reyes (elbow) pitched in an intrasquad game Sunday.

Reyes has been throwing live batting practice for a couple weeks but this is his first "game" action even if it's unofficial. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Reyes is expected to be available for the Cardinals around May 1, although that timetable could be moved up a bit if the team opts to use him in relief initially.
Mar 11 - 11:05 AM

Mark Saxon of The Athletic hears that Alex Reyes (elbow) could be ready before May 1 if the Cardinals opt to use him in relief.

That makes sense, as he won't have to be stretched out as much on his minor league rehab assignment if he's only going to work in short bursts for St. Louis. Reyes faced live hitters Wednesday in Cardinals camp for the first time since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last February. What role he fills will largely depend on what the Cardinals' biggest need is at the major league level come late April.
Mar 1 - 12:49 PM

Alex Reyes (elbow) threw his first live batting practice session of the spring on Wednesday in Cardinals camp.

It also marked his first time facing live hitters since he underwent Tommy John surgery last February. Reyes threw three sets of five pitches to Cardinals minor leaguers J.B. Woodman, Ramon Urias and Angel Moreno, showing good velocity and no obvious limitations. The 23-year-old right-hander is expected to be ready for major league action around May 1. It remains unclear whether he is going to work as a starter or late-inning bullpen arm, but Reyes is worthy of a late-round fantasy stash no matter what.
Feb 28 - 11:29 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Francisco Pena
4Steven Baron
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
2Yairo Munoz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
2Tyler O'Neill
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7John Gant
8Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bud Norris
2Greg Holland
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Jordan Hicks
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10Mike Mayers
11John Brebbia