2013 Johnson City Cards Starter of the Year

Right-hander Alex Reyes won four of his final five starts en route to The Cardinal Nation Johnson City Cardinals' Starting Pitcher of the Year Award.

In a close battle, The Cardinal Nation has selected Alex Reyes as the Starting Pitcher of the Year for the Johnson City Cardinals for the 2013 season.

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Reyes received stiff competition from Dailyn Martinez, who finished with a 4-3 record. Martinez finished with a lower ERA (2.70) than Reyes (3.39) and pitched more innings, (63 1/3 to 58 1/3 innings), but consistency late in the season led to Reyes narrowly edging out his teammate for the honor.

Reyes (6-4) started off the Appalachian League campaign, his first as a professional, with a 1-3 record but rebounded quickly as the end of the summer approached. The righty started 12 games and was nearly perfect in the month of August during the Cardinals postseason push.

The then-18-year-old won four of his five starts in August as his club was fighting for a playoff berth. His only loss during that stretch came against Burlington in a game in which he allowed just three hits.

Reyes' 58 1/3 innings was third most on the team, and he led the squad in strikeouts with 68. He was tied with Martinez in games started, but allowed the least amount of hits, with 54. Reyes yielded just one home run ball all season, but needs to cut down on his team-leading 28 walks. He did lower his rate of free passes slightly as the summer went on.

Reyes' top performance of 2013 came against Burlington on August 23 in a road game. He pitched five innings, struck out eight while allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Johnson City Cardinals Starting Pitchers

  W-L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Alex Reyes 6-4 3.39 12 12 58.1 54 26 22 1 28 68 1.41
                         
Dailyn Martinez 4-3 2.70 12 12 63.1 61 31 19 3 23 31 1.33
Blake McKnight 3-1 2.69 11 10 60.1 58 19 18 1 8 46 1.09
Will Anderson 2-3 4.71 11 9 42.0 48 26 22 4 6 28 1.29
Luis Perdomo 1-6 5.40 12 10 41.2 59 44 25 4 14 29 1.75
Michael Holback 2-0 2.18 16 4 33.0 24 11 8 1 17 44 1.24
Nick Lomascolo 2-3 2.90 13 3 31.0 21 15 10 2 22 43 1.39

Before moving on from the Cardinals:

  W-L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
H. DeLosSantos
1-3 5.93  6 6 27.1 32 19 18 4 9 22 1.50
Jacob Booden 0-0 1.13  2 1 8.0 8 1 1 0 3 7 1.38

There were many nominees in the running, including Blake McKnight and Michael Holback. Holback emerged as a starting threat later in the season after relieving most of the way.

Among all these nominees, however, Alex Reyes came out as the top candidate for this award.



Link to master article with all 2013 award winners, team recaps and article schedules for the remainder of this series. Of course, that will include our selection as the Johnson City Cardinals Player of the Year.



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