The St. Louis Cardinals announced their Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Month for April by honoring Palm Beach pitcher Alex Reyes and Memphis first baseman Xavier Scruggs for their accomplishments on the field.
In April, Scruggs batted .274 (17-for-62) with five home runs, one triple, six doubles, and 16 RBI in 19 games. The right-handed hitter led all Cardinals minor leaguers in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and on-base + slugging (1.076). Twelve of his 17 hits went for extra bases. Scruggs is the first position player since John Gall (August 2003 & April 2004) to win the final Minor League honor in one season and the first of the following season, both while with Memphis.
Reyes, a 20-year-old from Elizabeth, NJ, signed with the Cardinals in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He spent his rookie season in 2013 with Johnson City, and with Peoria in 2014. This season with Palm Beach, he made four starts in the month of April and earned a record of 1 – 1. He posted a 1.71 ERA over 20.1 innings, including 35 strikeouts, a Florida State League best. He struck out 10 batters in each of his first two starts and earned his first win of the season at Lakeland on April 15.
Editor’s note: Earlier, The Cardinal Nation selected Scruggs as its Player of the Month and the Peoria duo of Daniel Poncedeleon and Kyle Grana as TCN’s Starting and Relief Pitchers of the Month, respectively.
For more detail on a number of candidates’ April accomplishments, here are the links to those articles: