Alex Reyes

Alex Reyes

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
60-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 7/1/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After thriving in a bullpen role in the abbreviated 2020 campaign, the Cardinals announced last spring that Reyes would work as a reliever again with a goal of reaching 100 innings. St. Louis also announced at the time their intention to move Reyes to the starting rotation in 2022. While he didn't quite reach that 100-inning mark - he finished with a career-high 72.1 innings - Reyes opened 2021 as the Cardinals primary closer. The 27-year-old was very successful in the role despite an ugly 16.4% walk rate, converting 22 straight saves while maintaining a sub-2.00 ERA before blowing his first save in late-July. Reyes lost the role a month later, but finished the year with a solid 3.24 ERA, 11.8 K/9 and 29 saves. He was originally expected to push for a rotation spot this season, but he received a stem-cell injection to address a fray labrum in mid-March and won't resume throwing for at least four weeks. He could be in the mix to close once healthy, but with Reyes out it'll be Giovanny Gallegos and Genesis Cabrera who handle those opportunities for the first couple months of 2022. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed one-year, $2.85 million contract with the Cardinals in March of 2022.
Shut down from throwing
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
May 15, 2022
Reyes (shoulder) experienced renewed soreness when throwing this week and has been shut down, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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The 27-year-old resumed throwing in late April after beginning the season on the 60-day injured injured list, but he'll halt his rehab program after the soreness cropped up. Reyes underwent an MRI and is seeking a second opinion, leaving his availability for the rest of the season in question.
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-19%
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-11%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .158 198 52 39 25 3 0 5
Since 2020vs Right .195 199 68 27 33 3 0 5
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left .155 160 43 30 20 2 0 5
2021vs Right .195 157 52 22 26 2 0 4
2020vs Left .172 38 9 9 5 1 0 0
2020vs Right .194 42 16 5 7 1 0 1
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.38 1.38 50.2 6 6 19 10.8 5.9 1.1
Since 2020Away 2.95 1.34 39.2 6 3 10 13.4 7.3 0.9
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 2.90 1.31 40.1 5 5 19 11.2 5.8 1.1
2021Away 3.66 1.41 32.0 5 3 10 12.7 7.3 1.1
2020Home 5.23 1.65 10.1 1 1 0 9.6 6.1 0.9
2020Away 0.00 1.04 7.2 1 0 0 16.4 7.0 0.0
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73 days ago
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Reyes came up as a rookie in 2016 and was tantalizing with his stuff before the injuries set in. First, it was his elbow that cost him the 2017 season, then his labrum gave out four innings into his return. His 2019 was mostly lost due to continued shoulder area issues and a broken hand. All in all, Reyes had thrown just seven innings in Major League Baseball since the end of the 2016 season, so just to see him on the mound in 2020 was nice, even with his flaws. He walked 14 batters in 19.2 innings, but he also struck out 27 and allowed just 14 hits. He still has elite velocity and life to his fastball, which was a surprise given the shoulder issues that have plagued him the past few seasons. The durability issues may leave him in the bullpen going forward, but he could be a dominant closer if he can show more command as he continues to shake off the rust from the injury-plagued seasons past.
Reyes finally graduated from prospect status last season, but it hardly felt like a coronation for the fireballing righty. Though he entered last spring healthy, control problems surfaced right away for Reyes, who struggled to find the strike zone in four relief appearances with the Cardinals before being demoted to Triple-A in early April. Just when Reyes appeared to straighten things out in the minors, he lost time to a fractured finger, then was shut down for good a month later after straining a pectoral muscle. With Reyes finishing the season on the shelf for a third straight year, it's fair to wonder whether he'll ever demonstrate the durability necessary to become the frontline starter that once seemed to be his destiny. The Cardinals haven't clarified the 25-year-old's role heading into 2020, but he'll most likely be groomed for relief duty initially in an effort to control his workload.
Beware injury optimism. As Reyes neared his return from Tommy John surgery, the buzz grew loud, with many expecting the right-hander to perform at an ace-like level over the final four months of the season. As fate would have it, Reyes made just one lone start for the major-league team. He experienced a significant inning-to-inning velocity drop in his debut and landed right back on the DL a day later with a right lat injury. A tendon tear was diagnosed and season-ending surgery was deemed necessary in early June. Considering Reyes threw a total of just 27 innings in a competitive setting last year after a completely lost season in 2017, it's unreasonable to expect any more than 100 frames in 2019. Said innings could be of extremely high quality, and the chance he eventually works into the closer role for St. Louis gives him some added appeal, but the workload limitations put a firm cap on Reyes' fantasy upside for the upcoming season.
Few pitching prospects can match Reyes' upside, but his immediate outlook is vexing. He underwent Tommy John surgery Feb. 16, 2017 and threw his first bullpen session in September. According to a study by The Hardball Times in 2014, pitchers like Reyes, who undergo the surgery between the ages of 22 and 23, experience an average return time of 15.4 months, with a 94 percent success rate (based on a sample of 143 pitchers). So while Reyes could be ready at the start of the season, it's more likely that he is not ready until May or June. Adding to the confusion is the fact that we don't know how the Cardinals plan to use Reyes in his first year back. While he is clearly a starter long term, he could spend some or all of 2018 building up his arm strength in the big-league bullpen. He is a worthy stash candidate in most formats, and while the payoff could be huge if he returns to the big-league rotation early in the first half, the risk is significant.
The Cardinals initially promoted Reyes in early August to serve as a relief ace, but poor performance and injuries in the rotation led to him receiving five starts over the season's final month. He was almost unhittable as a reliever (.138 BAA) and remained dominant as a starter, but he clearly walked too many batters in both roles. Reyes has ace-level stuff, not only dominating with his famed four-seamer that sits at 97 mph and can touch 102, but also rendering hitters helpless with highly effective secondaries in his curveball (.538 OPS against, 46.2 strikeout percentage) and changeup (.592, 34.4 percent). Fringe-average fastball command and control are the only blemishes in his profile, but his stuff is so nasty that he understandably reached the majors after just 100 combined innings at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis. Noah Syndergaard, for instance, needed 216.2 innings at those two levels before his MLB debut. Unfortunately, Reyes' development will be delayed as he is slated to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2017 season.
A breakout candidate heading into 2015, Reyes emerged as one of the five best pitching prospects in the minor leagues last season. He posted a 2.49 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and an eye-popping 151 strikeouts in 101.1 innings across three levels, finishing with a strong eight-start showing with Double-A Springfield. Reyes pumps gas that can touch 100 mph, but he also boasts a plus curveball and a changeup that should be average or better in time. His command is fringe average, but it does not really matter, given how nasty his stuff is. Opponents hit just .169 against him in 34.2 innings at Double-A, so his 18 walks were inconsequential. He will miss the first 50 games of 2016 after testing positive for marijuana, but that only hurts his value in single-season leagues, as he is unlikely to come up in time to make a major impact this season. However, Reyes could be a 200-K pitcher in the big leagues by 2017.
Reyes is one of the Cardinals' better pitching prospects as he's looked very good at times pitching to batters several years older than him at the Low-A level. His biggest issue has been control and that was no different in 2014; while he was less hittable he still saw his walk rate rise from 11.1% to 13.1%. Next season will be only the 20-year-old's third season as a pro and he's never looked out of place. The talent and stuff is definitely there, but he will need to harness his control issues if he wants to work his way into an MLB rotation instead of a late-innings relief role. He's proven he has the fastball to be successful in either role, striking out 137 batters in 2014 in just 109.1 innings of work. If all goes well, Reyes should finish 2015 in Double-A and be ready for his MLB debut some time in 2016.
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Plays catch
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
April 30, 2022
Reyes (shoulder) played catch at Busch Stadium on Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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Placed on 60-day injured list
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
March 25, 2022
Reyes (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday.
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Signs one-year deal
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
March 22, 2022
Reyes (shoulder) agreed to a one-year, $2.85 million contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
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Shut down at least four weeks
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
March 19, 2022
Manager Oliver Marmol said Saturday that Reyes (shoulder) will be shut down from throwing for at least four weeks, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Facing extended absence
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
March 18, 2022
Reyes was diagnosed with a frayed labrum in his right shoulder Friday and is expected to be sidelined until at least late May, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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