Reyes and Flaherty named top prospects
St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league hurlers Alex Reyes and Jack Flaherty were named to the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects list for 2016. The list was revealed on MLB Network on Friday, Jan. 29, with Reyes coming in 13th and Flaherty 80th. The two pitchers are the first Cardinals pitchers to make the list since 2013.
Reyes, the Cardinals’ top prospect, posted an ERA of 2.56 over 98 innings in 2015 between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. Reyes pitched in the Arizona Fall League, but his stint was cut short by a 50 game suspension under MLB’s joint drug policy for a second positive test for marijuana.
Flaherty pitched in 2015 at Low-A Peoria, posting a record of 9-3 with an ERA of 2.84. Flaherty was a first round pick by the Cardinals in the 2014 draft.
Outfielder Stephen Piscotty was the only Cardinals’ prospect to make the Top 100 in 2014. Pitchers Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, and Michael Wacha were Cardinals’ representatives on the list in 2013.
Wainwright honored for community service
Cardinals’ starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was honored this past week as the 51st recipient of the Hutch Award, a prestigious honor for outstanding community service. The award is presented annually by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.
Fred Hutchinson was a major league player and manager who died of cancer at the age of 45 in 1964. The first award was presented a year later, in 1965, to its first recipient, Micky Mantle. Later honorees include such baseball legends as Sandy Koufax, Carl Yastrzemski. Willie Stargell and Johnny Bench. The Cardinals’ own Lou Brock was the recipient in 1979.
Wainwright and his wife, Jenny, run the Adam and Jenny Wainwright 25:35 Foundation, which raises money for projects through Water Missions International. Wainwright also raises funds through fantasy football leagues in which major league players and fans in eight cities participate, called Big League Impact.
The award was presented to Wainwright at a luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Safeco Field in Seattle. The annual event has raised more than $4.8 million for cancer research over the last 16 years.
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Jordan Walden (right bicep strain) is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
The start of Spring Training is less than three weeks away. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to the Spring Training facility in Jupiter, FL on Feb. 18, with position players to follow on Feb. 23.
Spring Training games begin on March 2 and continue through March 31. The full Spring Training schedule can be found here. A list of all television broadcasts, Cards and opponents, can be viewed here. Full spring training uniform numbers explained here.
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