Cardinals prospect interview: Alex Reyes

One of the youngest top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals system discusses his first 10 months pitching professionally and what may be ahead.

When Alex Reyes signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in December 2012 - a deal that included a $950,000 signing bonus - few knew who the right-handed pitcher from New Jersey by the way of the Dominican Republic was.

Exactly 16 months later, the 19-year-old is now well-known. Following an impressive professional debut in the Appalachian League starting last June, Reyes vaulted into the top 10 of every major Cardinals prospect list and into several national top 100s during the off-season. He is seventh in The Cardinal Nation's 2014 top 40.

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.

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Coming soon: In the near future, look for interviews with Reyes' teammates Nick Petree, Mason Katz, C.J. McElroy, Carson Kelly and Kenny Peoples-Walls.

Previously published:
Manager Joe Kruzel on his 2014 Peoria Chiefs



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