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
Before moving on from the Cardinals:
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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