Reyes is being considered for Saturday's start in Miami, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 21-year-old was lifted from his start for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday after three innings (57 pitches), but his exit was not due to injury. It seems Reyes, the top prospect in the Cardinals' organization and one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, could make his much-anticipated debut this weekend, but the team is saying he's merely "insurance" in case Tyler Lyons is needed in long relief in the days ahead.
Reyes was removed from Tuesday's game with Triple-A Memphis after three innings. A reason for his early exit was not immediately provided, but the Cardinals will need a starter this weekend following Monday's rainout, so perhaps this was in anticipation of a callup. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in his three innings of work, striking out seven on 57 pitches. He's struggled over the past month or so, but Reyes is already on the 40-man roster.
Reyes started the game for the World team, pitching 1.2 innings, giving up no runs and striking out four. Reyes flashed triple digits on the radar gun a few times during his appearance. Although he has a tendency to struggle with his command, the stuff is all there for Reyes. He features a fastball, changeup and curveball repertoire, the fastball being his best pitch. If he continues to develop his off-speed pitches and command, Reyes has the stuff to be a future ace in the big leagues. If he struggles to put it all together, he may end up in the back end of the Cardinals bullpen. Either way, the upside for Reyes is worth gambling on.
Reyes was sharp, giving up only one earned run against Triple-A Nashville. His nine strikeouts were the most he has had since June 13, also against Nashville. General manager John Mozeliak has mentioned that Reyes needs to continue getting his work in before he gets considered as an option for the Cardinals this season. However, Mozeliak also mentioned that Reyes is the type of guy the Cardinals like to put in the back-end of their bullpen as it gets closer to the end of the season. The Cardinals took a similar approach with former top prospect Carlos Martinez. Reyes will need to continue working on his control at Triple-A before the Cardinals decide to promote him to St. Louis.w
Reyes allowed a season-high five earned runs in five innings Thursday for Triple-A Memphis, allowing five hits and four walks with just three strikeouts. Those looking for Reyes to get the call to the big leagues might have to wait a little longer, as the talented right-hander got knocked around for just the second time this season. After missing the first month and half of the season due to suspension for marijuana, Reyes had pitched very well before Thursday, putting up a whopping 45 strikeouts in his first 26 innings. Reyes is widely regarded as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, and may well be starting for the Cardinals in 2017 if not later this season.
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