St. Louis Cardinals’ Alex Reyes Selected for 2015 MLB Futures Game


St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes has been selected to pitch in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati on July 14. The 20-year-old righthander technically could represent either squad in the game, considering that he was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but moved to San Cristobal, Dominican Republic before being signed by the Cardinals in 2012. With that said, Reyes will pitch for the World team in the game, which presents an opportunity for future Major League stars to showcase their talents in front of a big-league audience at the All-Star Game venue.

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Reyes, currently ranked as the Cardinals’ third-best prospect by, trailing outfielder Stephen Piscotty and lefthanded starting pitcher Marco Gonzales, is having a spectacular season at High A Palm Beach. Reyes, who regularly touches the high 90s with his fastball, has a 2.08 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, a .217 opponent batting average, 90 strikeouts, and 30 walks over 60.2 innings. While facing older, more experienced hitters certainly will present its challenges, right now it looks like Reyes’s biggest bridge to cross will be increasing his stamina. He’s lasted six innings just three times this season and has gone seven innings just twice during his pro career. While that’s due at least in part to the fact that the organization is treating him with kid gloves, his innings counts are down this year compared to last season, when he pitched for the Low-A Peoria Chiefs.

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