Cardinals Prospect #1 - Anthony Reyes

Reyes will compete for the fifth spot in the Cardinals rotation in spring training. Player Profile

Position: RHP

DOB: 10/16/1981

Height: 6-2

Weight: 215

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: University of Southern California

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the 15th round of the June, 2003 First-Year Player Draft. Signed to a 2004 contract on August 29, 2003.

2005 G W-L IP Hits BB K ERA
Memphis (AAA) 23 7-6 128.2 105 34 136 3.64
St. Louis (MLB) 4 1-1 13.1 6 4 12 2.70

Staff Comments

JS (1): "I don't think there was any doubt about Reyes No. 1 ranking. Reyes has the stuff to be a top of the rotation starter in the major leagues. The biggest question though, is if he can stay healthy. I am still hoping that Reyes will win the fifth spot in the rotation in spring training."

LM (1): "All the ranking services agree on this slot, Anthony Reyes is the Cardinals' best prospect. 2005 was just his second professional season and he spent it mainly in Triple-A Memphis and also made his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers. He held opposing batters to a .222 average while striking out an average of 9.5 batters every nine innings. Reyes allowed less than one home run every nine innings and compiled a 1.08 WHIP. He has little left to prove except that he can stay healthy. The one hundred forty-two innings (combined) he pitched in 2005 was a career high due to injuries. But there is little doubt that he is the best the Cardinals have in their system."

RM (1): "Reyes is the man. He should start the season as the Cardinals #5 starter, at least that is my opinion. The Cardinals recently signed former Baltimore pitcher, Sidney Ponson off the scrap heap, to a guaranteed deal and he'll likely prevent Reyes from starting the season in the Cardinals rotation.

"Anthony is the real deal with a fastball that tops out at 96 MPH and he throws a breaking ball, slider and change up. He has good command of the strike one with the ability to work hitters effectively in all four quadrants and attacks their weaknesses. Starting another season at AAA won't hurt him, his secondary pitches still need some work, but I would be surprised to see him stay in Memphis for the entire season. He's healthy now after a series of arm injuries have held up his progress to the majors, you can expect him to be dominate enough at Memphis to warrant a call up to the majors before this season is over."

BW (1): "What more can be said about Reyes at this point? Can he handle the pressure of being a major league starter? Can his arm withstand the rigors of pitching in the major leagues? Will Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan balance his workload and provide the right environment so he can excel? I sure hope the answer to every one of those questions is "yes". If so, Reyes' minor league career is over and the Cardinals will have a future pitching star on their hands, their biggest since Rick Ankiel made his full-time debut in 2000."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated

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