After allowing three runs in his first spring outing, Reyes finished his camp by yielding just two runs over his final 12 innings. Overall, he fanned 11 and walked just three in 14 Florida frames.
In a tremendous and unusual honor, Reyes also appeared in a big-league game this spring – wearing a St. Louis uniform and throwing one inning before ever having played a game of full-season ball.
That was enough to signal the Cardinals decision to skip Reyes over short-season Class-A State College and start him with Peoria of the Midwest League. It is a path blazed in 2011 by a then-promising young pitching prospect named Trevor Rosenthal.
Not surprisingly, Reyes is the youngest player on his 2014 Chiefs club – born about six weeks after his catcher Carson Kelly in the summer of 1994.
In the following interview, Reyes talks about his 2013, his off-season, spring training and his first start of 2014. In the latter, at Wisconsin on April 6, he allowed no runs on three hits over five innings, striking out six. Not satisfied and focused on improving, Reyes is concerned about his seven walks. He makes his second start at home on Sunday afternoon against Bowling Green.
Manager Joe Kruzel on his 2014 Peoria Chiefs
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