According to a report from Mark Saxon of ESPN, St. Louis Cardinals’ minor league pitcher Alex Reyes will make his first start of the 2016 regular season for Triple-A Memphis on May 22. Widely regarded as the top overall prospect within the Cardinals’ organization, Reyes is coming off a 50-game suspension after testing positive for marijuana.
Despite receiving one of the lengthier suspensions at the hands of marijuana in recent memory, the 21-year-old did take full responsibility for the positive test as well as issuing an apology for his actions.
Currently in the midst of the 50-game suspension, Reyes is a hard-throwing right-hander, who also became the third Arizona Fall League player to receive a suspension while joining the Texas Rangers’ Evan Van Hoosier and Detroit Tigers’ JaCoby Jones. However, the up-and-coming hurler dominated both the Florida State and Texas Leagues during this past offseason prior to receiving the suspension in the fall.
Managing to consistently reach the mid-90s with his fastball, Reyes also saw his breaking pitches continue to confuse oppph osing batters. Adding to the impressiveness of his young career, he once topped out at 102 mph while regularly reaching the triple-digit plateau as well.
On the other hand, although the Kansas City Royals previously emerged as the frontrunners to land Reyes and his services from atop the mound, the Cardinals wound up inking him to a $905,000 million contract back in December 2012. While he has yet to make his big league debut since signing the aforementioned deal, Reyes cannot be too far off from joining the Cardinals’ roster as later this season remains a possibility.
source Joseph Nocco