You are here
Home > Writers > Colin Garner > Top 30 Prospects: #1 Alex Reyes

Top 30 Prospects: #1 Alex Reyes

Alex Reyes

In collaboration with Kyle Reis and Birds On The Black, I’m proud to present you with the Cardinals Top 30 Prospects! Every other day over the next day two months, we’ll be providing you with another in-depth scouting report on one of the best 30 prospects in the organization. Today, we have #1, Alex Reyes

1. Alex Reyes – RHP

Signed in 2011 as amateur free-agent
Entering age-23 season
2016 FIP: 2.67

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2016 21 STL-min AAA 2 3 .400 4.96 14 14 0 0 0 0 65.1 63 38 36 6 32 0 93 4 1 7 291 1.454 8.7 0.8 4.4 12.8 2.91 MEM PCL
2016 21 STL NL 4 1 .800 1.57 12 5 3 0 0 1 46.0 33 8 8 1 23 1 52 0 1 3 189 261 2.67 1.217 6.5 0.2 4.5 10.2 2.26
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/28/2018.

What I Like

Watch what Alex Reyes can do with a baseball. It’s amazing.

He can ramp the fastball up to 101 miles-per-hour. His changeup, which sits 88-90, has nasty downward tilt. The crazy thing is, he doesn’t slow his arm down at all and it’s nearly impossible for the hitter to pick up.

They didn’t show it in the video above, but his breaking ball is nasty too. In early 2016 it was a big curveball, but it evolved into a slider/cutter. You can see it in the video below.

The curveball? He threw that, too, at 78 mph with a foot of downward movement. (If you’re keeping score at home, thats a 78-101 range of offerings. Good luck.)

Reyes produced 1.4 WAR over just 46 innings pitched in 2016. That’s ludicrous. He struck out 27.5 percent of the hitters he faced. His fastball averaged over 97 miles-per-hour. His changeup sat around 88 and hitters whiffed over 23 percent of the time.

Words don’t do Alex Reyes justice. He’s the type of player who’s dominance can really only be understood by seeing his opponents’ reactions to his pitches.

As a Cardinals fan, how can you not love that? Javier Baez is, in my humble opinion, the most overrated player in all of baseball and Alex Reyes made him look like a complete fool. For that, he deserves a red jacket. (Okay, not really.)

That’s really all there is to it. I could nitpick and say he walked a few too many guys, or his strand rate isn’t sustainable. Someone asked if I considered making Flaherty my number one overall prospect. Answer: yes. Then I watched Alex Reyes pitch and was reminded how beautifully filthy he is on the mound.

What I Don’t Like

Nothing. Except that he had Tommy John surgery and missed all of last season.

Thanks for reading!

Colin Garner
@colingarner22

GET CAUGHT UP!

2. Jack Flaherty
3. Carson Kelly

4. Tyler O’Neill

5. Andrew Knizner

6. Harrison Bader

7. Jordan Hicks

8. Dakota Hudson

9. Austin Gomber
10. Ryan Helsley
11. Randy Arozarena
12. Adolis Garcia
13. Oscar Mercado
14. Delvin Perez
15. Jake Woodford
16. Junior Fernandez
17. Yairo Muñoz
18. Dylan Carlson
19. Max Schrock

20. Tommy Edman
21. Edmundo Sosa

22. Johan Oviedo 
23. Evan Mendoza
24. Patrick Wisdom
25. Sam Tewes
26. Wadye Ynfante
27. Matt Pearce
28. Alvaro Seijas
29. Andy Young
30. Stefan Trosclair

Colin Garner
Colin is a catcher at Drury University who's a big fan of pitch calling, bullpenning, and Game of Thrones. Gets very frustrated with nonsense from people around him while attending games.
Similar Articles
Top