Get to Know Potential 2014 Chiefs P Alex Reyes

As February (and then Spring Training) approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with spring training on the way it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria.

To start with we are going to look at the three players who are ranked among the Cardinals top 10 prospects on various lists: Alex Reyes, Carson Kelly & Rob Kaminsky. Today’s blog is Alex Reyes. 

Alex Reyes RHP Ht: 6’3 Wt: 185
DOB:
8/29/94 Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Twitter: @AlexReyes_67
Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on December 13, 2012
Throws: Fastball (92-95 mph), Curveball (12-to-6), Changeup

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Ranked by Baseball Prospectus as the #98 prospect in all of baseball heading into the 2014 season
  • Ranked as the Cardinals #4 prospect by Baseball Prospectus and the #7 prospect by Baseball America
  • Ranked by Baseball American as the #7 prospect in the Appalachian Rookie League
  • Chosen by The Cardinal Nation as Johnson City’s Starting Pitcher of the Year and ranked as the Cardinals #6 prospect in the TCN poll.
  • Participated in the Cardinals Instructional League in September/October 2013

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2013:

  • Spent his first pro season with the Johnson City Cardinals in the Appalachian Rookie League
  • Went 6-4 with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts
  • Struck out 68 and walked 28 in 58 1/3 innings
  • Finished tied for third in the APPY with six wins, fifth in strikeouts and 14th in ERA
  • Was second in the league in strikeouts per 9 innings for a starting pitcher
  • Held opponents to a .249 average and only allowed one home run in 253 batters faced
  • Made his pro debut on June 20 at Kingston and allowed three runs on five hits over 2 1/3 innings in shortest outing of the season
  • Earned first pro win in second start against Bristol on June 26 with six shutout innings of one-hit baseball and a career-high 11 strikeouts
  • Allowed three earned runs or less in all 12 starts
  • Went at least five innings in eight starts including six consecutive starts to end the season
  • Struck out at least five batters in eight starts and eight or more four times
  • Threw a career-high seven innings on July 29 in a no-decision against Princeton in which he struck out eight and allowed one run
  • Won four straight starts August 4-23
  • Went 3-3 with a 2.92 ERA in seven home starts
  • Finished the season going 4-1 with a 3.42 ERA over final five starts
  • Held right-handed batters to a .216 average and a .268 slugging percentage over 153 at-bats
  • Opponents were 0-for-5 with the bases loaded against Reyes and hit just .207 with runners in scoring position and two outs
  • Finished sixth in ERA among all Cardinals Minor League starting pitchers who met their league’s minimum innings standard (0.8 ip/game)

Personal:

  • Grew up in Elizabeth, NJ just outside of Newark but moved with his family to the Dominican Republic in 2011 so he could train year round
  • His father Tomas is from Palenque, San Cristobal in the DR and Reyes lived with his grandparents in the Dominican
  • Attended Alexander Hamilton Prep HS from 2009-2011.
  • Hamilton doesn’t have athletics so Reyes played for Elizabeth H.S. in Union-County. Struck out 69 batters in 49 innings in 2011 while also playing shortstop and  batting .409 according to a June, 2011 NJ.com article.
  • Won three state championships in four years with the North Elizabeth Little League.
  • Former NBA player Chris Gatling and current St. Louis Rams DB Jerome Murphy played at Elizabeth HS.

Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 7.0, July 29 vs. Princeton
Strikeouts: 11, June 26 vs. Bristol
Low-Hit Game (Min 5ip): 1, June 26, vs. Bristol
Runs Allowed: 4, July 23 at Greeneville
Earned Runs Allowed: 3, last August 29 vs. Burlington
Hits Allowed: 8, August 29 vs. Burlington
Walks: 5, last August 23 at Burlington
Win Streak: 4 – August 4-23
Losing Streak: 2 – July 4-11
Current Streak: Lost 1

Media
Check out an article on Reyes from Brian Walton and The Cardinal Nation that includes an interview with Reyes and nearly three minutes of Audio.

MLB.com profiled Reyes after his 11-strikeout game on June 26 against Bristol

And here is some video of Reyes on the mound through Baseball America.

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