Minor League Barometer: Bringing the Heat on the Farm
Minor League Barometer: Bringing the Heat on the Farm

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The St. Louis Cardinals are surprisingly struggling to begin the season, but there's a pitcher at Triple-A that could provide the necessary spark. That would be Alex Reyes, the 21-year-old flamethrower who missed the beginning of the year due to a marijuana suspension. Reyes has filthy strikeout stuff. Not only does he have a blazing fastball, but his off-speed offerings are dynamic, particularly his curveball and changeup. He fanned over 13 batters per nine innings between High-A and Double-A in 2015. Reyes has not missed a beat since returning from suspension. Through three starts, a span of 15 innings, Reyes has a 1.80 ERA and 26:7 K:BB. The Cardinals could promote Reyes as a shutdown reliever, a la Carlos Martinez. Or they might be better served simply waiting until the inevitable injuries to Adam Wainwright or Jaime Garcia. Either way, Reyes is a phenom with an extremely bright future, as long as he stays on the field and staves off any command issues.

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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